Sources: Nets gearing up for Kyrie Irving debut on Wednesday

The Brooklyn Nets are gearing up for Kyrie Irving to make his season debut Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Irving, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, has not played all season due to the Nets’ decision before the regular season not to allow him to participate due to New York City’s vaccination mandate.

The Nets changed course last month after a variety of COVID-related injuries and issues pushed them to allow Irving to participate in road games. The Nets had up to 10 players on health and safety protocols at a time and postponed three games.

The point guard said last week that he “understood” and “respected” the Nets’ initial decision.

“I really had to sit and think and try not to get too emotionally attached to what they were deciding to do. I had to really evaluate things and see them from their perspective, that is, the organization, my teammates,” he said. “I really felt empathy and understood his decision to say that if he is not going to be fully vaccinated then he cannot be a [participante] full”.

Irving, a seven-time All-Star, got into the protocols himself last month before eliminating them last week.