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GM: Kyrie Irving ‘excited’ to return to Nets after James Harden trade

Nets star Kyrie Irving and James Harden with Rockets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets is defended by James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets at Barclays Center on November 01, 2019 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

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Why is Kyrie Irving away from the Nets, and when will he return?

The mystery surrounding Irving only intensified with Brooklyn trading for James Harden.

Nets general manager Sean Marks indicated Irving’s return is on the horizon.

Malika Andrews of ESPN:

Alex Schiffer of The Athletic:

The NBA will hold out Irving whatever length of time is necessary to satisfy the league that he doesn’t have coronavirus. Irving – who appeared maskless at his sister’s indoor birthday party – will be fined if he misses games due to protocol violations.

But if Irving is required to quarantine, the process of the NBA clearing him to play won’t begin until he reports.

Is Irving ready to do that, as can be inferred from Marks’ comments? Or is Marks downplaying Irving’s own desire to remain away and pinning too much of the holdup on the league?

There are still more questions than answers in this situation.