Report: Nets will not offer Kyrie Irving $186M contract extension amid vaccine drama

By , Audacy Sports

The big three may not be a big three for all that much longer.

Amid a whole lot of drama leading into the regular season regarding Kyrie Irving's vaccine stance, the Nets released a statement on Tuesday explaining their decision to keep Irving from playing or practicing with the team until he is eligible to become a full participant — in other words, getting vaccinated.

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On Wednesday, the team's detachment from their commitment to Irving seemed to go one step further, with a report from NBA insider Shams Charania saying that they would not offer him a contract extension.

Irving is under contract for two more seasons, though one of those is a $36.9 million player option. He's on the same timeline as James Harden, while Kevin Durant has yet to begin a four-year contract extension starting in the 2022-23 season, keeping him locked in until 2026.

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Previously, when speaking in late June of this year, GM Sean Marks said that the team is "obviously" committed to Irving, Harden and Durant, and he seemed to hint that he was looking to extend all three of them so long as Brooklyn remained an environment they wanted to be in. Obviously, things have changed in the past few months, and we can probably expect the next few months to be another tumultuous time in New York City's most populous borough.

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