The future of Kyrie Irving (30) may no longer be on the side of the Brooklyn Nets. According to The Athletic, and its reporter Shams Charania, talks have stalled between the two sides over a contract extension, so Irving could test the market this summer. The Lakers, Knicks and Clippers would be promised.
Arrived in 2019 at the Nets, the American playmaker has a player option at 36.5 million dollars (34.6 million euros) for the 2022-2023 season, which allows him to test the market.
The end of the Nets’ “Big Three”?
Irving had however affirmed his intention to continue the adventure with the Nets alongside Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons despite the sweep of the first round of the play-offs against the Boston Celtics (0-4). Last season, he averaged 27.2 points, 6.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds in just 29 games due to his decision not to comply with New York’s current vaccination mandate.
If the seven-time All-Star came to leave Brooklyn, his departure would act the end of the short-lived “Big Three” that the franchise tried to build with Irving and Kevin Durant, transferred in 2019, and James Harden, who arrived in 2021 and left for the Philadelphia Sixers in February.