In an look on ESPN Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned contract talks between Kyrie Irving and the Nets have turned “acrimonious” as the 2 sides proceed search for frequent floor on the place Irving will play subsequent season.
Woj additionally mentioned that whereas Irving has given the Nets six NBA locations he’d desire if there’s no settlement, there may be restricted curiosity in him at max cash. The ESPN insider mentioned the one group with any actual curiosity is the Lakers. Still, he argued, getting Irving a contract paying greater than $6.3 million — the taxpayers MLE — appears unlikely.
“This is getting acrimonious,” Woj informed a panel on ESPN’s NBA analysts. “and I think that’s the concern when you look at not only Kyrie’s future in Brooklyn, but also Kevin Durant’s future and whether they can hold this thing together.”
As Ian Begley of SNY reported Thursday, proprietor Joe Tsai and Sean Marks are in lockstep on the place they stand on negotiations.
Woj additionally was clear that with a few of Irving’s six touchdown spots, not all of them reciprocate.
“The interest isn’t mutual in several of these places,” Woj mentioned. “Obviously the Lakers are the ones that loom. And will Kyrie Irving walk away from a $36.9 million player option that he can opt into and have that money guaranteed, especially after a year where he lost about $17 million by not being vaccinated last year and untold more with a sneaker deal that isn’t going to be there anymore, certainly at the level it was.”
Nike with whom Irving had a stormy relationship in recent times, has reportedly knowledgeable him that their relationship is at an finish, no less than at a profitable degree. Woj mentioned that even when L.A. does need to prepare a reunion with LeBron, has little hope of doing any form of deal apart from the TJThe report may be an try by one aspect or the opposite to sign that it’s now crunchtime to get issues executed between the Nets and Irving. That appears at this level unlikely.
“Except for they go out and really do some creative things financially, they can’t pay him more than $6 million next season. Now they could clear some cap space and sign him to an extension down the road, but you’re essentially looking at a $30 million paycut to walk away from this Brooklyn team, to opt out. As Bobby (Marks, ESPN’s capologist) said, just opting in to get a sign-and-trade somewhere, it’s a very complicated scenario.”
It’s unsure the place the Nets supply to Irving stands. Woj hinted the opposite day that it might be two years and $84 million, a far cry from the 5 yr, $245.6 million Irving reportedly desires. And that will be greater than what Kristian Winfield recommended this week was their preliminary supply: decide in for the $36.9 million this coming season, then return to negotiations subsequent July.
Irving has till subsequent Wednesday to resolve the difficulty earlier than free company. But he can stretch issues by opting out, then gauging the market in early July. During that point, the Nets will even have to fill out their roster and resolve on their different eight free brokers, together with Bruce Brown and Nic Claxton. Should they get provides from different groups, Nets possession and entrance workplace would have to resolve whether or not to match. Not figuring out Irving’s standing (or KD’s) woud complicate issues.