Nets, Kyrie Irving reportedly on standoff in talks

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Talks about their future between the Nets and Kyrie Irving have “settled”, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who hears from sources that the two sides are currently in a standoff. The standoff could prompt the Star Guard to consider other destinations, reports Charaniya.

Irving said he had no plans to move after the Nets season ended, and just two weeks ago a report suggested he was likely to stay in Brooklyn. However, negotiations between his camp and the Nets were always expected to be challenging, given that his stock has declined slightly in recent years and he is now a good bet to secure a fully guaranteed long-term maximum wage contract. guess not.

Irving has been as productive as ever when he has played for the Nets over the past three seasons, averaging 27.1 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game on 4.90/.406/.920 shooting. However, injuries and personal decisions limited him to only 103 appearances in a possible 226 regular season games at the time and raised questions about his credibility going forward.

Charnia writes that the Nets and Irving have “serious work” to do to resolve his contract situation and ensure he remains in Brooklyn. If Kyrie considers moving elsewhere, the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks are expected to be one of his suitors, sources tell The Athletic.

As Charaniya observed, the Lakers and Clippers project is likely to exceed the tax apron for the 2022/23 season, possibly ruling out the possibility of a sign-and-trade. So if he’s in any L.A. wants to move to the team, Irving will probably have to choose his $36.9MM player option with the understanding that a trade is coming. The Knicks don’t have Cap room to project, but Cap will have the flexibility to pursue Irving via sign-and-trade if he declines his option to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Clippers and Knicks are in a better position to make a viable business proposition for Irving than the Lakers, who almost certainly have to include Russell Westbrook’s $47MM+ closing deal in any package for pay-matching purposes.

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