Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets are not close to a new deal yet and the chances of the All-Star guard testing free agency are getting higher.
This is what Shams Charania of The AThletic reports, noting that Irving could opt out of his player option and seek for a new deal.
“… 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,” Charania writes.
Sources: Kyrie Irving, Nets are at impasse in conversations about his future in Brooklyn, clearing way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the open market. Lakers and Knicks expected to emerge among potential suitors.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 20, 2022
Kyrie Irving has until June 29 to opt in his player option, worth $36.5M. If he declines it, he will hit free agency, aiming for a bigger deal. That could be worth $190M for four years or $245M for five years.
The 30-year-old star guard appeared only in 29 regular season games last season, averaging 27.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds.