Is it leverage or is it real? It is certainly part of the negotiations.
Within four minutes Thursday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania posted tweets that seemed to suggest the Nets’ negotiations with Kyrie Irving might not be going well.
ESPN sources: If Kyrie Irving can’t reach a deal to stay with Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like them to consider signing and trading, including Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers. Neither of those teams has space to sign him without help from the Nets.
— Adrien Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2022
Sources: Kevin Durant is monitoring the Brooklyn Nets’ situation and considering options for its future.
This now paves the way for Kyrie Irving to continue finding a new home via opt-in and trade.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2022
Woj was quick to point out that all six teams could all have an interest in Irving and that it all hinges on the final resolution of contract talks between Irving and the Nets. And Shams’ tweet was vague, no doubt deliberately.
The tweets could be seen as coordinated to put growing pressure on the Nets to act, with the most likely source being Irving’s camp. While Irving has until next Wednesday to let the Nets know what he plans to do with his $36.5 million player option, Draft Night was seen by some as a great time to work things out. associated with the talks, especially given the number of off-season players. decisions depend on Irving’s status.
The Nets wouldn’t want to give Irving much of a guarantee with a report that they’ve offered two years and $84 million, a far cry from the fully guaranteed maximum contract of two years and $246 million.
As for possible signings and trades, Alex Schiffer wrote earlier in the week about possible scenarios.