The star point guard's absence for the game will have an impact on his wallet. According to ESPN, Irving was set to earn a $125,000 bonus for playing 70 games in a season. Failing to play in the Nets’ game against the Hornets means Irving can play at most 69 regular-season games.
Irving can still earn that $125,000 bonus for certain milestones he hits along the way. He will get the money if he appears in at least 60 regular-season games and averages fewer than 2.4 turnovers per game, appears in 60 regular-season games and attempts 4.6 free throws per game, shoots 88.5 percent or better from the free-throw line, make at least 2.8 three-pointers per game, commits fewer than 2.1 fouls per game and the team scoring 114 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor.
Irving signed a four-year, $136.4 million contract with Brooklyn in the offseason. According to Spotrac, he will earn $31.7 million during the 2019-20 season.
The six-time All-Star has only appeared in 11 games for the Nets this season. He was averaging 28.5 points and 7.2 assists per game before getting hurt.
Brooklyn is 13-10 this season and seventh in the Eastern Conference.