As of Thursday night, Nets owner Joe Tsai was supporting general manager Sean Marks decision not to offer Kyrie Irving a max extension, according to Ian Begley of SNYtv. Irving has until June 29 to decide whether to exercise his $ 36.5MM player option for next season, and both sides seem to be far apart in negotiations.
Should Irving leave, it could prompt Kevin Durant to further consider his situation with the Nets, as we previously relayed. Irving didn’t get vaccinated this season, so he only appeared in 29 games due to New York City’s vaccine requirement. He averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists during those outings, shooting 47%.
We have more notes from the Atlantic Division to pass along:
- Yossi Gozlan of HoopsHype takes a look at how Irving’s list of interested teams can acquire him. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link), Irving is interested in joining the Lakers, Clippers, Heat, Knicks, Mavericks and Sixers.
- Yam Madar will no longer play for the Celtics during summer league, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe tweets. Madar, Boston’s No. 47 pick in 2020, will use this time to focus on his Israel national team commitments. The Celtics are bringing free agent big man Mfiondu Kabengele to Las Vegas, however, Himmelsbach tweets.
- Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer explores how Matisse Thybulle will be remembered if he gets traded by the Sixers this offseason. Thybulle, a defensive-minded wing, started in 50 of his 66 games this past season for the team.