Irving is exempt from Nets-Wizards, 1 day after requesting the transaction

Kyrie Irving sat out the Brooklyn Nets’ back-to-back win over Washington on Saturday night, a day after he told the team he wanted to be traded.

The Nets said Irving’s absence was due to pain in his right calf, adding him to the injury report for their game against Washington. Irving was not listed in the report Friday night or Saturday morning.

Brooklyn coach Jacque Vaughn said after the Nets’ 125-123 win that Irving did not attend the game and that the player’s absence was justified.

“We all agree that he’s not here tonight,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn said before the game that he wasn’t sure if Irving was at Barclays Center. He has said that Irving is “not an instructor.”

He won’t speculate on whether Irving will be ready for the remaining two Nets games before the Thursday afternoon trading deadline.

“I’m only interested in (the Mages),” Vaughn said. “I’m not going to complicate the matter at all.”

Irving asked the Nets to trade on Friday, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press. The All-Star was disappointed that the Nets had so far refused to renew him when his contact expired after this season.

Vaughn said he spoke with Irving and the rest of the team on Friday, before the star guard’s exchange request was made public. However, that was not the subject of conversation between the coach and his team.

“Our conversation wasn’t just about basketball,” Vaughn said. “Life, test them. I never want to speculate on how a player is feeling. Their feelings are their feelings. And I will always validate that. … So I will. no speculation.”

Kevin Durant is still sidelined with a knee ligament sprain, and Ben Simmons and TJ Warren will each miss a fourth straight game with left knee pain and left shin injuries respectively. Simmons was downgraded after it was previously listed as problematic. Warren was originally listed as suspicious, this changed to about an hour before game time.

“Just trying to get to a level – TJ and Ben – where they feel comfortable getting back on the court and playing,” Vaughn said.

When asked if he has received a timetable for when Simmons can play, Vaughn said: “I think we’re moving towards that. It’s really day by day. He’s going to be back on the court. tomorrow. Hope he feels comfortable and meets the job tomorrow to get him close to playing the next two games.”


AP freelancer Denis P. Gorman contributed to this report.

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