Irving’s party costs him nearly $1 million | Ralph Lauren

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Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Brooklyn Nets has cost him nearly $US1 million ($A1.3 million).

The NBA fined the star point guard $US50,000 ($A64,946) on Friday for violating its health and safety protocols, and said he could return to team activities on Saturday.

League rules prohibit players from attending social gatherings with 15 or more people and ban players from going to bars, lounges, clubs and similar businesses with large crowds.

The league said Irving would forfeit his salary for each game he misses during a five-day quarantine period that would end Saturday if he continues to test negative for the coronavirus.

He’s already missed two, which means he has lost more than $US900,000 ($A1.2 million) of his $US33.5 million ($A43.5 million) salary.

Irving has missed the last five games while away from the Nets for personal reasons.

He was seen in a video on social media during his absence at an indoor family party while not wearing a mask.

Irving is the second player to be fined for that. The other is his new teammate, James Harden.

The Nets have not explained the reasons for Irving’s absence, leaving it to him to do when he returns.

Their next game is Saturday against Orlando, though coach Steve Nash said Friday he had no update about when Irving would rejoin the team.

“Without a doubt, the organisation’s disappointed with not having any one of our players, in this particular case Kyrie, not amongst us, not in the trenches with us and so forth,” general manager Sean Marks said on Thursday.

“So I don’t want to speculate and say why he’s out and so forth. I’ve had conversations with him and I’ll continue to have conversations and we look forward to him being back in the gym, where he will address this,” he said.

In December, Irving was was fined $US25,000 ($A32,000) by the NBA for not speaking to the media during pre-season.

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