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Nets GM ‘confident’ Harden, Irving will have contract extensions by start of camp

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 09: Kyrie Irving #11 and James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets while playing the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on February 09, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Kevin Durant got his four-year, $198 million contract extension to stay with the Brooklyn Nets — and you can argue that was the best signing of the offseason.

In a press conference announcing that deal, Nets GM Bobby Marks said extensions for James Harden and Kyrie Irving — who are both eligible — are coming along and should be done before the start of training camp.

This was expected. Extending all three was a priority for the Nets this offseason.

Harden and Irving are clear max players, there’s no discussion there. This means a max extension for Harden is four years, $161.1 million, and for Irving it is four years, $181.6 million.

When this gets crazy expensive is the back end of the deal: In 2026, each of the three players would make more than $50 million per season.

But these extensions are not about 2026 as much as 2022, 2023, and 2024 — with those three superstars and a solid supporting cast (Patty Mills is a great addition), the Nets will be serious contenders for a title the next few years. So long as they can stay healthy.

The Nets and owner Joe Tsai knew the costs when they brought in Harden to join Durant and Irving; this is all just the cost of doing business and chasing a ring.