As the 2022 NBA offseason officially tips off, the drama between Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets have suddenly exploded.
League sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic that both sides have reportedly reached an impasse regarding an extended partnership. He further noted that this could signal the star point guard to part ways and sign a deal elsewhere.
However, multiple sources tell The Athletic that conversations about Irving’s future have gone stagnant between him and the Nets. An impasse currently exists among the parties that clears the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the open marketplace, those sources said.
Irving holds a $36.9 million final year of his contract for the 2022-2023 season. He may decide to opt it out and ink a much bigger paycheck with the Nets this summer.
But it boils down on the franchise brass’ willingness to discuss a contract extension. Notably last May, GM Sean Marks delivered some huge words about Irving – noting that Brooklyn prioritizes to land committed players for their fruitful project.
Irving had a notorious 2021-2022 season due to his COVID-19 vaccination and unavailability to play in the Nets home games due to New York’s vaccine mandate.