Alec Sturm: Via the @BKGlueGuys, @Shams Charania confirms Kyrie will not be offered an extension: “He was willing to sacrifice, at the end of the day, 16 million dollars in salary this upcoming year and 186 million dollars, as far as an extension, that he will not be offered now.”
Brian Lewis: Can confirm that the #Nets haven’t had any contract extension talks with Kyrie Irving and his camp for some time, according to a source close to the player. #nba
Stefan Bondy: Sean Marks said he was confident every player would be vaccinated and both James Harden and Kyrie Irving would be “signed, sealed and delivered” with contract extensions before training camp. …This is not going according to plan.
Bobby Marks: Here is what Kyrie Irving stands to lose financially: $381,181 for every missed home game 💰2 preseason games: $762K 💰41 home games: $15.6M 💰2 games at NYK: $762K 💰Bonuses: $413K 💰Playoffs: TBD Irving is also extension eligible: 4 years/$187M
Sean (Marks) had said about a month ago that Kyrie’s and James’ extensions would be “signed, sealed, delivered” by training camp. Obviously, that hasn’t happened yet, but those two are talking like they plan to sign them and want to be here. What’s your feeling about that? Joe Tsai: Well, I feel good that both James and Kyrie have said very clearly that they want to be in Brooklyn, they want to play with KD, they want to see this team develop and they want to win a championship. And these are all good things. So, for me, the priority is let’s win a championship. The extension is great, but each player, we treat them individually, they have their own time, they’re on their own clock and if we could sign them for an extension, like right now, that’s great. But I think right now the priority is, let’s make sure the team is healthy, everybody is ready for the season and let’s go win a championship.
Nets general manager Sean Marks has expressed confidence James Harden and Kyrie Irving would both have signed extensions by the start of training camp, but though the team opened camp Tuesday, neither player had put pen to paper. Head coach Steve Nash insisted, however, that he still fully expects it to happen, and all signs still bear that out, with all the decision-makers set to sit down together this week. “I feel really positive about it,” Nash said. “I don’t know when. Just big picture, long term, I feel really positive about both of those guys being with us for the future.”
Alex Schiffer: Asked about signing an extension, Kyrie Irving says he's had open communication with KD and Harden and they all know how they feel on it. "The future is on our side." Said they've had great talks on it and are going well, but doesn't offer a timetable, like Harden.
A month ago, Nets general manager Sean Marks expressed his confidence in signing James Harden and Kyrie Irving to contract extensions by the start of training camp, which is a week away. On Tuesday, he admitted he might need a little more time than he first thought. “We’ve had very positive conversations with both those guys, and whether it’s family members, people and so forth, I think it always helps to do these things in person,” Marks said. “With this being summer, we’re very cognizant of letting people have their own time away before we all get back into the swing of things here. We’re looking forward to sitting down with them over the course of the next week, two weeks, and furthering those discussions.”
While both are still currently entering the final year of their contracts, Marks doesn’t expect the lack of extensions to be a distraction. “This is something those guys know exactly how we feel, and I think they’ve been vocal about wanting to be part of this and build this together,” Marks said. “I think we’ve got an opportunity to hopefully build something special here for the foreseeable future. The fact that they want to collaborate, they want to come here together, they want to build this together.”
Ian Begley: Nets GM Sean Marks says BKN has had ‘very positive’ conversations with both Kyrie Irving and James Harden about signing extensions. Says they are looking forward to continuing to talk to Irving and Harden about extensions over the next week or two.
Kristian Winfield: Sean Marks on James Harden/Kyrie Irving extension talks: "We've had very positive conversations with both of those guys and their family members. It always helps to do those things in person." Says they're going to resume talks in the next 2 weeks or so. #Nets
Marc Stein: Nets GM Sean Marks says contract extension talks with James Harden and Kyrie Irving are progressing in the wake of Kevin Durant’s recent extension and expressed confidence that all three will have new deals in time for training camp.
Malika Andrews: Nets GM Sean Marks said that the Nets are talking to Kyrie Irving and James Harden about contract extensions. Marks said he is “confident” by the time training camp starts, Brooklyn’s ‘Big 3’ will be under contract with the Nets long-term. Durant already signed his extension.
Brian Lewis: Asked Marks about extensions for the Big 3: "It's probably too early to start discussing what their futures are. Obviously, we're committed to them. They play a big role in how we're going to build this." #Nets #NBA
Fred Katz: Kyrie Irving said he wouldn't be open to an extension (no surprise): "No, no. Contractually or financially, it just wouldn’t make any sense."
Now entering the offseason, an extension should be a discussion point for the Celtics and Irving. A possible four-year, $107 million extension is $80 million less than what Irving can receive from Boston as a free agent and $30 million less than another team could offer. Coming off left knee surgery in 2015 and this past April, there is a risk for Irving to play out the remainder of his contract. While there is a safety net in his $21.3 million player option in 2019-20 in case he suffers another injury, locking in $107 million guaranteed reduces the risk in case of another setback.
August 14, 2022 | 3:06 am EDT Update
Brian Windhorst spent much of his Friday episode of “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective” podcast talking about Durant’s situation. Windhorst said he felt the Nets won the recent showdown between Durant and team owner Joe Tsai. But Windy doesn’t necessarily think that means all is over between the sides. In fact, Windhorst says he now could see a world where Durant holds out of training camp. “A week ago, if you had asked me, ‘Will Kevin Durant hold out of training camp if he is not traded?’ I would have been like, ‘eh, I can’t see it.’ Now I can see it. That is what we are headed towards,” Windhorst said.
Some analysts speculated that the Nets would play hardball with Durant. Brooklyn’s calculation would have depended upon Durant’s love of basketball. The thinking was that KD loves playing too much to sit out a season in order to get his way. Now Windhorst says he thinks a scenario of Durant sitting out could be on the table.
Longtime basketball writer Marc Stein reported on Saturday that a matchup between the Grizzlies and the rival Golden State Warriors is on the NBA’s preliminary schedule for the 2022-23 season. Morant, the Memphis star, responded to the news with some trash talk for Warriors counterpart Draymond Green. “we got what we wanted dray. @Money23Green,” Morant tweeted along with a photo of a heated moment he had on the court with Green last year. Green was actually fairly muted and deferential in his response to Morant, tweeting back, “That’s the power of your voice Young! Let’s gooooo! Bring the fam to the crib for dinner after.”
The lawsuit says that by sharing the photos, those involved — including the deputy at the bar and firefighters weeks later at an awards banquet — violated the victims’ families’ constitutional rights to control images of their loved ones’ remains. “Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online,” Bryant’s lawyers wrote in a complaint. “Many social media users have claimed to have seen photos of the victims’ remains, and their accounts are plausible given the number of deputies who took photos, the ease with which cellphone pictures are transmitted and saved in cloud storage, and the Sheriff’s Department’s egregious failure to take reasonable steps to prevent dissemination of the photos.”
Surveillance video inside the bar showing Cruz and Gutierrez interacting and appearing to look at Cruz’s cellphone together played throughout his testimony. At times, it appeared that Cruz and Gutierrez were smiling and laughing after viewing the photos — but Gutierrez disputed that interpretation. “What type of human being would laugh at photos of other human beings like that?” he said. Bryant, sitting in the courtroom, repeatedly wiped away tears and, at times, held her head in her hands. At one point, while Gutierrez testified about the photos, she asked the judge for permission to leave the courtroom. She stood up and walked out, wiping tears from her eyes. The trial is expected to last at least another week, with 52 total witnesses slated to appear. Villanueva and Bryant are among those scheduled to testify.
August 13, 2022 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Draymond Green: That’s the power of your voice Young! Let’s goooo! Bring the fam to the crib for dinner after
USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round window of World Cup qualifying, as the Americans look to move closer to clinching a spot in the field for next year’s event. Jim Boylen will return as coach, assisted again by Ty Ellis and Othella Harrington.
The roster will include six players — Michael Frazier II, Langston Galloway, David Stockton, DaQuan Jeffries, John Jenkins and Eric Mika — who were with the Americans for the previous qualifying window in July. The other six players for games Aug. 25 in Las Vegas against Uruguay and at Colombia on Aug. 29 are Tyler Cavanaugh, Malik Ellison, Dewan Hernandez, Mac McClung, Robert Woodard II and McKinley Wright IV.