NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving has created a list of teams he’d like the Brooklyn Nets to consider working on a signing and trade with if he and the team can’t agree on terms for him to stay on. Brooklyn, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
That list includes the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers, sources said. Neither of those teams has the cap space to sign Irving without Brooklyn cooperating on a signing and trade, and sources said some of them are unwilling to acquire him.
Irving has until June 29 to decide if he will go for the final year of the maximum four-year contract he signed with Brooklyn in 2019, when he and Kevin Durant opted to join the franchise as free agents. . If he does, he’ll be on a $36.9 million contract for next season and will be an unrestricted free agent in July 2023.
If Irving steps down, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next month, when he could either accept a new deal with the Nets or seek one elsewhere.
At this point, Irving and the Nets have the opportunity to discuss the possibility of Irving opting into this final year of his contract and then extending with the franchise. They are not allowed to discuss the scope of a new contract until free agency begins on June 30.