This is why, as I’ve already written, the Nets’ championship hopes hinge on an amicable solution with Kyrie Irving, whose personal decision not to get vaccinated and unpredictable injury history have left the Nets hesitant, and now, according to a source familiar with the Nets’ thought process, outright unwilling to give him a long-term extension.
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.
June 24, 2022 | 7:39 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today the team has named Steve Clifford head coach. Clifford, who previously served the team’s head coach from 2013-2018, returns to Charlotte, where his 196 wins ranks second in franchise history, sitting just 11 behind Allan Bristow.
Damichael Cole: David Roddy said he got a text message from Tyus Jones before the NBA Draft. He called Jones one of his mentors growing up in Minnesota. He played AAU basketball with Tyus’ younger brother, Tre Jones.
Jeff McDonald: Also, if you’re still wondering on June 24 if Gregg Popovich is coming back to coach the Spurs next season … he was the guy calling each of the team’s draft picks last night to say welcome aboard.
Rasheed Wallace is an NBA champion and four-time All-Star. On Friday, he was honored for his work off the basketball court. The 1700 block of Hunting Park Avenue was renamed Rasheed Wallace Road. City Councilmember Cindy Bass led the effort to honor Wallace for his philanthropy in Philadelphia and around the nation.
Basketball legend and TV personality Shaquille O’Neal recently bought a home in Collin County, local brokerage Rogers Healy and Associates Real Estate said Tuesday. Zac Gideo, a real estate agent for Rogers Healy, worked with O’Neal last May to buy a home on a 0.228-acre lot, according to the firm.