Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving could part ways


Kyrie Irving and the Nets are reportedly at an impasse when it comes to Irving's contract.

Kyrie Irving and the Nets are reportedly at an impasse when it comes to Irving’s contract.
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Next week is shaping up to be volatile for Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. You could start a drinking game for every time that lede was written this season and you’d end up a vegetable. It may sound fake, but this is the most critical game of brinkmanship of his tenure with the Nets.

A report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania says that a There is currently an impasse between the parties that clears the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the market open.” Irving has until June 29 to redeem his $36.9 million player option for the final year of his four-year deal. Reportedly, he and the Nets are playing chicken over the details of his extension.

According to Bleacher Report Jake FischerThe Nets prefer a short-term, incentive-laden deal that would prevent a repeat of their 2021-22 season over the fully guaranteed maximum contract a player of his caliber would demand on the open market. It’s a risky strategy for Brooklyn when, but that’s probably the most prudent way to deal with Irving long-term given his unreliability.


The Irving era has felt like it was destined to end in ruin for the past several months, and the organization’s first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics only intensified the doomerism. Irving might surprise by opting in, but right now, Irving’s doomsday clock is ticking toward midnight.

These countdowns to player signups usually promise explosive ramifications for pending free agency periods and then absolve themselves in a whimper. But when was the last time Irving did something simple or undramatic?

It’s fitting that Andrew Wiggins expressed the same skepticism about vaccines as Irving in the preseason, decided not to die in that anthill and proceeded to have a legacy-altering career year. Instead, Irving torched his relationship with the Nets’ front office, missed more than half the season and then was swept up by the latest franchise he turned down.

It’s hard enough surviving 82 regular-season basketball games over the course of a year without a vainglorious franchise point guard. who imagines that is MLKyrie and willingly becoming a healthy DNP to chase those delusions of grandeur. There is something to be said for the stability of its base, and Irving is perpetually a loose branch in a hurricane. You never know where it’s headed next. The uncertainty and emotional rot that he manifested overshadowed the organization’s title aspirations.

Naturally, the latest news of a split between Irving and the Nets has spawned a whole new set of free agency rumors. Unsurprisingly, the Lakers, Knicks and Clippers are rumored to be suitors for Irving’s services according to Charania. Those three teams have been contenders for more free agents than The Bachelor, but only one destination is realistic.

Irving at Clipperland sounds ideal. The Nets point guard has more respect for Tyronn Lue, for whom he won a title playing for in 2016, than he does for a rookie head coach like Steve Nash. However, the Lakers and Clippers are also so over the cap that they couldn’t directly sign him as a free agent, so signing and trading would be the only way to go, but what kind of assets do the Clippers have? to attract the Nets? A reunion with LeBron would be a redemptive story, but the Lakers are chained to Russell Westbrook for the foreseeable future and have no draft capital to hang on to.

Bringing Irving to the New York Knicks, the franchise that has become a Manhattan island of misfit toys over the past two decades, makes more sense. Standout workaholic Tom Thibodeau might enjoy Irving running an extra practice after he leaves the premises as he was known to do this past season. The mercurial Irving joining forces with a perpetually frustrated Julius Randle or an inconsistent RJ Barrett, the Ponzi scheme that is the potential of Cam Reddish and a nervous Tom Thibodeau is so toxic it just might work. They have the assets in Barrett or Randle to offer and actually own their 2022 first-round pick, unlike the Clippers and Lakers.

The Knicks have gotten used to dancing on the brink of disaster, so why change now? Thibodeau strolling to the sidelines in mid-January after Irving returns from his annual winter sabbatical would give the Knicks loose cannons that could push this franchise over the edge.