NBA rumors: Amid Kyrie Irving uncertainty, future of Brooklyn Nets could be determined ‘in next several days to a week’

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Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics - Game One
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 17: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant #7 look on during the first quarter of Round 1 Game 1 of the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 17, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Amid the uncertainty surrounding Kyrie Irving’s next steps, “the future of this Nets organization is very well going to be determined in the next several days to a week,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said late Thursday on SportsCenter.

If Irving and the Nets can’t reach an agreement on his future, he has a list of preferred sign-and-trade destinations that includes the Knicks, Sixers and Lakers, Wojnarowski reported earlier Thursday.

Irving, the West Orange native and ex-St. Patrick High School star, has until June 29 to pick up his $36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 season. If he declines it, he can still sign an extension with Brooklyn. And if he opts in, the Nets could still include him in a sign-and-trade.

Whether or not Irving remains with the Nets next season, Kevin Durant remains signed to a four-year, $198-million extension and wouldn’t necessarily ask to be traded if Irving leaves.

“What I was told today and even earlier this week is that KD wanting to remain with the Nets is not necessarily contingent on if Kyrie Irving walks,” Wojnarowski said. “That if he walks, he wants to see what the roster could still look like, how it could be remade, how they could still be a championship contender.

“Durant’s got four years on his contract, he’s starting that four-year max deal. This isn’t the transfer portal. You don’t get to say where you want to go.

“If he decided and wanted and asked for a trade, which I’m told he’s not told the Nets he’s going to do, or is ready to do right now, he’s probably not going to have a lot of say in where he goes. Because any team in the league, all 29, would line up and say if we trade for Kevin Durant we know he’s got to play here. We can give up a massive haul of assets. I do think that has to part of his thinking if he does ask out of Brooklyn.”

Wojnarowski said he still believes Irving can remain with the Nets next season.

“Right now I still think there’s a pathway for the Nets, for Kyrie Irving, for Kevin Durant, to find a way forward together bu it’s murky and it’s uncertain and, listen the future of this Nets organization is very well going to be determined in the next several days to a week,” he said.

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