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Kyrie Irving will pay big for attending a birthday party, but his return could be in sight.
The star Nets point guard has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for attending a private indoor party last weekend, the league announced Friday, and will forfeit additional salary for games missed because of the resulting five-day quarantine period.
He is expected to have to forfeit salary for two games — $816,898, according to ESPN — that the Nets played this week during his five-day quarantine.
Late Monday night, videos surfaced of a maskless Irving at what appeared to be a birthday party for his sister. The NBA soon began investigating. The NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols prohibit players from attending indoor social gatherings of 15 or more people and from entering bars, lounges and clubs.
Irving, who has been away from the Nets since last Thursday due to what the team has called personal issues, is eligible to return to team activities on Saturday if he continues to test negative for COVID-19, the league said.
It remains to be seen whether Irving would play Saturday against the Magic, which could also be the Nets debut of James Harden following Wednesday’s blockbuster trade and the unveiling of the team’s new big three.
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