The Brooklyn Nets’ vaunted “Large Three” of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving became only a dynamic duo when Harden was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in February. Now, based on a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, Irving is also transport out of The Large Apple.
Irving has a June 29 deadline on his $36.9 million participant possibility for the 2022-2023 season.
Whereas each Irving and Durant joined the Nets through the summer season of 2019, it has been an period of disappointment and untapped potential up to now. “KD” missed the whole 2019-2020 pandemic-altered marketing campaign as he recovered from his torn Achilles, and Irving was restricted to only 20 video games.
In the course of the 2020-2021 marketing campaign, Brooklyn made it to Recreation 7 of the Japanese Convention Semifinals earlier than falling to the eventual NBA-champion Milwaukee Bucks. With the previous Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics level guard being restricted to part-time play because of the COVID-19 vaccination mandate in New York Metropolis, the Nets began this previous season ice-cold.
Even after Harden was traded, the vaccine mandate was lifted and the staff turned their common season round, they have been swept within the opening spherical of the postseason by the Boston Celtics.
“‘I don’t actually plan on going wherever,'” Irving mentioned after the loss to the Celtics. “Almost two months later, it seems either side have critical work to do so as to discover a decision that brings Irving again to Brooklyn and his co-star in Durant, who’s below contract with the Nets by means of 2025-26. A number of groups throughout the league have stored tabs on the state of affairs, questioning about the way forward for Irving and Brooklyn.”