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Report: Other teams believe Nets open to Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade

Nets guard Kyrie Irving

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Kyrie Irving of Brooklyn Nets warms up before NBA playoffs between Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn of New York City, United States on April 25, 2022. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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The Nets are dissatisfied with Kyrie Irving. They’re reportedly even unwilling to offer him a long-term deal.

Which creates a conundrum considering Irving has a $36,503,300 player option (about $6 million below his max salary as a free agent) for next season.

Ian Begley of SNY:

Sources: NBA teams believe Nets would be open to Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade if he opts out

The big question: Have those teams been told by someone with authority that a sign-and-trade could happen? These moves are put into motion well in advance. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Nets or Irving/his agent – or both sides – are canvassing the league for sign-and-trade options.

But Irving said he wants to stay in Brooklyn. Kevin Durant sounds like he’s still committed to playing with Irving.

These other teams might just be speculating/preparing – without intel – for the mere possibility of landing a talented player like Irving.