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Kyrie Irving’s name was mentioned in trade rumors Thursday, and her time with the Brooklyn Nets could end with the debut of free agency.
The Nets star, who signed with the team before the start of the 2019-20 season, has a $36.5 million player option that he can opt for to facilitate the trade.
He could have chosen to test free agency in hopes of getting the maximum contract but that would not be guaranteed to get the most money in the open market.
He has until June 29 to decide whether he will choose the deal.
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ESPN reported that Irving made a list of teams he would like to trade with, an extension he may not do if he and the Nets consider a sign-and-trade, ESPN reported.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly on the list.
According to the report, the Nets and Irving can only discuss the possibility of his selection in the final year of his current deal and can’t talk a new deal until free agency begins on June 30.
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Whatever Irving and the Nets decide to do, it may affect Kevin Durant.
Irving and Durant arrived in Brooklyn together in 2019. And when the point guard was away from the team in 2021, Durant was their biggest defender. athletics Shams Charaniya said on the stadium broadcast that Durant is “seriously considering his future options with the Nets” and is “monitoring the situation.”
He said there was a “hope” that Irving would soon move into “finding a new home through an opt-in and trading”.
Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said last month that talks were underway about a deal for Irving, but he was undeterred about the point guard’s future with the franchise.
“So he has to see what he’s going to do with his player option and so on,” Marx said. “I think we know what we’re looking for. We’re looking for people who want to come here and be a part of something bigger than themselves. Play selfless, play team basketball and be available … And it’s not just for Kyrie but for everyone here.”
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Irving expressed interest in living in Brooklyn.
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