Kyrie Irving seeks longer-term contract with Nets

Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets continue their negotiations on a deal that will keep the All-Star guard in the team long-term.

Irving has a player option, worth $36.9M, for the next season and has until June 29 to make a decision on whether he will pick it up or decline it. If he declines it, he will hit free agency in search for a more lucrative deal.

With the talks remaining ongoing, it seems Irving seeks a longer-term contract, while the Nets want to offer him a short-term deal.

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“The Nets naturally prefer a shorter-term, incentive-laden agreement that includes benchmarks such as games played, sources said. Kyrie Irving, having missed significant time because of injuries in recent seasons, has prioritized a longer-term contract.

But the dialogue among Irving, his representation and Nets leadership is expected to be fluid in the lead-up to his decision.

Both sides appear keen on holding ongoing conversations about building together in Brooklyn, where the Nets can return to the championship-contending aspirations they held entering this past campaign,” Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report reports.

For its part, Brooklyn front office is optimistic Kyrie Irving will be part of the roster next season, alongside Kevin Durant and Ben Simmons.

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