Kyrie Irving brought along plenty of uncertainty with the Nets this past season, as his decision to not get vaccinated against COVID-19 left him unable to play for the first two months of the season, and limited him to a part-time role until just before the postseason, when Brooklyn was swept out of the first round.
Now, as Irving enters an offseason in which he carries a $36.5 million player option, the Nets are apparently no longer willing to commit long-term to the star point guard.
According to Kristian Winfield of the Daily News, the Nets are “outright unwilling to give him a long-term extension,” as the clock ticks until Irving can opt out of his player option and sign a long-term deal. Irving has said publicly he wants to remain with Brooklyn with Kevin Durant, as there is unfinished business in the city near his hometown, but the Nets may no longer feel the same way.
Just three years after forming its own super team, the Nets seem to be in danger of watching it all blow up again, as the Daily News also reported that a potentially frustrated Durant hasn’t had contact with the team since it was swept by the Celtics.
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