Quick Bit: Kyrie Irving is said to have a list of teams he’d be interested in joining if he can’t reach an agreement with the Nets.
There might be a few more teams on Kyrie Irving’s wishlist.
Earlier this week, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that conversations between Irving and the Nets over his future have grown stagnant, paving the way for him to “consider the open marketplace” this offseason.
Charania revealed that the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks are among the teams expected to be interested in Irving if he decides to move on from the Nets. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving is interested in those three teams and then some.
If Irving and the Nets can’t reach an agreement, the seven-time All-Star reportedly has a list of teams he’d like the franchise to consider for a sign-and-trade. That list is said to include the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks, plus three more teams in the Heat, Mavericks and 76ers.
Wojnarowski added that while Irving has interest in those teams, he isn’t necessarily a priority for all of them.
As noted by Wojnarowski, none of those teams have cap space this offseason, hence the likelihood of a sign-and-trade if Irving is going to join one of them.
The other domino to watch here: Irving’s decision could impact Kevin Durant’s future in Brooklyn as well.
On the same day as Wojnarowski’s report, Charania broke the news that Durant is monitoring the Nets’ situation and is “considering options with his future.”
Buckle up, folks. It could be a busy offseason.
Irving signed a four-year, $141 million contract with the Nets in 2019 that includes a $36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 season. If Irving decides to not pick up that option, he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, allowing him to sign with any team of his choosing.
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