Kyrie Irving, Nets contract talks stall, report says

The report shows the Lakers, Knicks and Clippers are potential suitors for Kyrie Irving this offseason.

BROOKLYN, NY – Could Kyrie Irving be back on the road anytime soon?

Contract talks between the star point guard and the Brooklyn Nets have reportedly stalled, according to Stadium/The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Irving has until June 29 to earn a $36.9 million player option to stay with the Nets for another year. If he rejects the option, he could test agency.

According to Charania, the Lakers, Knicks and Clippers are all potential contenders for the 30-year-old seven-time All-Star.

The Nets signed Irving as a free agency ahead of the 2019-2020 season. He missed a large number of games this season due to a shoulder injury before undergoing season-ending surgery in February 2020.

Last season, Irving remained preseason vaccinated against COVID-19, meaning he was unable to attend home games due to New York City’s COVID-19 mandate.

He didn’t make his road debut until January 2022, paying just 29 regular-season games before the Nets were swept by the Celtics in their lone playoff series. New York City lifted the mandate in March, allowing Irving to play in home games and playoffs later that year.

There have been questions about Irving’s future with the Nets since the end of the season. GM Shawn Marks said in May the team wanted its players to be “playing unselfishly” and “available.”

“I think we know what we’re looking for,” Marks said. “We’re looking for people who want to come in here, want to be a part of something bigger, play selflessly, play team basketball and be available. Not just for Kyrie, but for everyone here.”

Irving and Kevin Durant have only played 44 games together since they both joined the Nets in 2019 and it seems that experiment could potentially collapse.

Brooklyn traded third star James Harden to the 76ers last season for Ben Simmons, who sat out the entire season.

After years with LeBron James in Cleveland, Irving went to the Celtics for two seasons in 2017 before moving to the Nets in 2019. If he left Brooklyn, he would join his fourth team in six years.

On Monday’s Locked on Nets podcast, presenters Doug Norrie and Adam Armbrecht discuss this news, what it means for the two sides, how it might play out and what to watch for in the short and long term.

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