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Will Kyrie Irving Ever Play For Nets Again? A Report from the Owner Joe Tsai

Follow our Inside the Spurs NBA news tracker for daily updates on the biggest headlines from around the league. We provide daily updates from the biggest headlines surrounding the San Antonio Spurs and the NBA as a whole with our Inside the Spurs NBA news tracker. UPDATE ON THE KYRIE DRAMA ON NOVEMBER 13TH The Brooklyn Nets appear to have turned a corner recently, winning four of their last five games. Coincidentally, star point guard Kyrie Irving has been sidelined due to a team suspension stemming from his refusal to state that he has no anti-Semitic beliefs. According to Nets owner Joe Tsai, it appears that Irving will be out for a while, which may be a bad thing for Brooklyn given how the team has performed without him. Tsai told the New York Post, “He still has work to do.” “He needs to show people that he’s sorry.” What’s crucial — and what most people overlook — is that he only apologized after he was suspended.” RODMAN TO RUSSIA ON AUGUST 20? While the US government works to bring detained WNBA star Brittney Griner home, a former NBA star wants to go to Russia to assist. Dennis Rodman, a Dallas native, announced his intention to participate this weekend. “I received permission to travel to Russia to assist that girl,” Rodman explained. “I’m going to try to go this week.” The Basketball Hall of Famer, who won a championship with the Chicago Bulls and briefly played for the Dallas Mavericks, told NBC News that he plans to travel to Russia in the near future to seek Griner’s release. Griner, a former Baylor star, was sentenced to nine years in prison in Russia earlier this month after being arrested at a Moscow airport in February for having hashish oil in her luggage. CAN SPURS IMPACT LEBRON’S EXTENSION? The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James recently agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension. Following his eligibility to negotiate, it took some time for a deal to be reached and signed. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, James was simply uninterested in his potential signing options for next summer. “For LeBron James, he looked at the free agency landscape next summer, who might have cap space, and nothing piqued his interest enough, I’m told, to keep that option open and play the season on an expiring contract.” The San Antonio Spurs are one of the teams that will have a lot of salary cap space next offseason. It’s not surprising that James was uninterested after moving on from Dejounte Murray to undergo a long-term rebuild. NBA STARS RETURN TO SEATTLE ON AUGUST 20 It’s been 14 years since Seattle’s basketball-crazed city lost its SuperSonics. If the NBA decides to expand again, Seattle could be in the running for a team, but for now, the city must make do with whatever NBA action it can get until that time comes. On Saturday night, a number of NBA stars and future stars will compete in Jamal Crawford’s pro-am league, “The Crawsover.” LeBron James, Jayson Tatum, Dejounte Murray, Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Isaiah Thomas, Tareem Eason, and MarJon Beauchamp are among the players expected to attend. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. CT and can be viewed on the NBA App and NBA.com. LEAKS OF THE NBA SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST 13 Although the full NBA schedule will not be released until next week, a few key matchups have already begun to circulate. According to NBA reporter Marc Stein, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25. “According to league sources, the first draft of next season’s NBA schedule has the Lakers at Dallas/LeBron at Luka on Christmas Day,” Stein tweeted. “Changes are still possible before the full schedule is released next week, but Christmas games typically remain.” On Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the defending champion Golden State Warriors’ opening night game on Oct. 18, when they will also receive their rings and raise their championship banner, will be against James and the Lakers.