Maggie & Perloff: Nets and Kyrie Irving closer to breakup?


Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving has until the end of the month to exercise a $36.9 million player option for next season, but it's unclear what he plans to do with his June 29 deadline approaching. According to league insider Shams Charania, Irving's future with the Nets is seemingly in doubt, as they're now at "an impasse" in regard to contract talks. If the seven-time All-Star declines his option next week, he'll become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The title-starved Nets are in a precarious situation with Irving, who played in a part-time role last season due to New York's vaccine mandate. As a result, the 30-year-old guard didn't make his regular season debut until Jan. 5, and in 29 games, he averaged 27.4 points with 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds. During the Nets' lone playoff series, he averaged 21.3 points, 5.3 boards, and 5.3 assists. The New York Daily News reported in May that Brooklyn is "outright unwilling" to give Irving a long-term extension this offseason, based on his unreliability.

"Kyrie doesn't have a lot of trade value right now. You know he's a great player when he's engaged and healthy," Maggie Gray said during Maggie and Perloff on Monday. "But, he doesn't have a lot of trade value. Have you seen some of these mock-fake trades out there? Like, none of those bring them closer to a championship, rather than just riding with Kyrie... I still think Kyrie has value -- I don't think it'd show itself on the trade market."

"If Kyrie does stay, which is most likely, this team isn't winning a title. And last year, they didn't play any kind of real offense," Perloff said. "The dream of the Nets winning a title, to me, feels over... And show me a player like Kyrie who's helping anybody win a title right now. I just don't see him as the modern NBA title-winning player... At this point, the Lakers -- after all of the drama we had last year -- to go in on Kyrie, it'd make 'Winning Time' seem like polite drama."

Maggie and Perloff's complete thoughts on the Nets and Irving's future can be accessed in the audio player above.

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