NBA rumors: Sixers among teams on Kyrie Irving’s ‘roster’ if he doesn’t stay with Nets

The Brooklyn Nets aren’t expecting to settle down exactly at this time. The Sixers have been linked with another star.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski She reported late Thursday afternoon that if Kyrie Irving can’t come to an agreement to stay with the Nets, he “has a list of teams he’d like to consider when signing and deals, including the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers.” .”

three minutes ago, Shams Al Shaaraniya Athlete She stated that Kevin Durant was “monitoring the situation of the Brooklyn Nets and considering options with his future.”

The 30-year-old has a player option of approximately $36.5 million for the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, Durant is under contract until the 2025-26 season.

Teams that add a player through login and trade are not allowed to bypass the luxury tax arena, which is expected to be around $155 million this year. This has been a key number to watch for the Sixers since he started off the season. In a literal and technical sense, the only way the Sixers could sign Irving as a free agent would be by using their mid-level (or minimum veteran) exception. That’s clearly not the norm for a seven-time All-Star and why Irving would want Brooklyn to consider signing and trading.

James Harden, Irving’s former Nets teammate, has a $47.4 million player option. At his introductory press conference in February, the 32-year-old was asked how uncertainty about Irving’s availability affected his desire to join the Sixers. Irving missed a lot last season because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19 and New York City has a vaccine mandate for athletes and performers.

“Too little, honestly,” Harden said. “Obviously Ky and I are really good friends. Whatever he’s going through or still going through, it’s his personal preference. But it definitely affected the team because originally, Keri and KD are on the court and the win covers a lot of that stuff.” It’s a pity we’ve played 16 matches (together) no matter what. That’s what it is, but here at Philly is an opportunity I’m looking forward to.”

Irving, Durant and the Nets were swept into the first round of the playoffs by the Eastern Conference eventual champion the Celtics. Ben Simmons did not play after he was hooked from Philadelphia to Brooklyn and underwent back surgery in May.

Irving’s unpredictability makes it particularly difficult to predict how he will resolve things with himself and Durant. Perhaps the two will remain teammates. However, hours after the NBA draft began in Brooklyn, it appears that a lot of dramatic possibilities are on the table.

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