Inside Pass: Nets, Kyrie Irving Stuck; the latest Miles Bridges; NBA draft notes

With three days left in the NBA drafts and a free agency around the corner, serious trade talks, contracts and chases have begun with all 30 teams. Major free agents and potential free agents are being watched throughout the league: Chicago’s Zach LaVine, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Philadelphia’s James Harden, Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, Charlotte’s Miles Bridges, Dallas’s Jalen Brunson, Portland’s Anfernee Simons and more.

However, one of the most anticipated situations for free agencies is related to Brooklyn player Kyrie Irving, whose $ 36.9 million player opportunity expires on June 29 for the 2022-2023 season. However, several sources speak The Athletic that conversations about Irving’s future between him and Nets have stalled. According to these sources, the parties are currently deadlocked, which allows the seven-time All-Star to consider an open market.

Irving joined Nets with Kevin Durant in the summer of 2019, although Durant skipped their first season together as he recovered from the Achilles tendon rupture. Irving made it to the 2020-21 Stars team and helped advance the franchise to the Eastern Conference semi-finals alongside Durant and James Harden in a series against Bucks. After the last season, when he played only 29 games and skipped most of the season’s home games because he decided not to fulfill the New York City vaccination mandate, Irving made it clear that he intended to return to Nets this summer. to build with Durant and newcomer Ben Simmons. In three seasons in Brooklyn, he has thrown an average of 27.2 points, conceded 6.1 assists and taken 3.9 rebounds, scoring 40.4 percent of three points, but has reached 103 in 216 of the main season.

“I’m not really going anywhere,” Irving told Celtics on April 25 after the end of the Nets season in the first round of the playoffs.

Almost two months later, it seems that both sides need to work hard to find a solution that will bring Irving back to Brooklyn and his co-star Durant, who has a deal with Nets for 2025-2026. Several teams across the league have been keeping an eye on the situation, thinking about the future of Irving and Brooklyn.

Many sources say that the Lakers, Knicks and Clippers are interested in suing when Irving moves elsewhere. The Athletic.

For Lakers, the likely path to acquiring Irving – and reuniting it with LeBron James – would be for Irving to decide to facilitate the deal, as the Lakers will not be able to make real space with him and the signing and exchange will begin. hard cap, thus making the acquisition of Irving significantly more difficult. If Irving agrees, Lakers’ chief manager, Rob Pelinka, would have to comply with the wage matching rules set out in the collective agreement, which means that if Irving’s $ 36.6 million was his only income, the Lakers could send $ 29.3 million to $ 45.8 million to Nets. and / or a third team in a legal transaction.

For Knicks, the likely path to acquiring Irving depends on what the Nets prefer. New York even has 2022-2023. The pay cap was set so that there would be enough room to conclude a maximum contract with Irving, releasing salaries such as Evan Fournier, Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel and Kemba Walker. However, the Knicks may also offer some or all of these players to the Nets or a third team upon possible signing and exchange.

For Clipper, the likely path to acquiring Irving will require it to decide, as they are well above both the luxury tax limit and 2022-2023. strict annual ceiling. To meet the salary adjustment, Clippers would have to send $ 29.3 million to $ 45.8 million to Nets and / or the third team if Irving is the only salary. The Clipper scenario is less complicated than the Lakers, as the Clippers have a number of players earning $ 11-17 million to work with. For example, two or three outings by Norman Powell, Marcus Morris, Luke Kennard and Reggie Jackson comply with CBA trading rules, and they also have a number of young players, such as Terance Mann or Brandon Boston, who could help sweeten the deal.

The potential departure of Irving would be incredibly detrimental to Nets, as they would have a limited opportunity to replace him and his salary range should Irving sign elsewhere as a free agent. The most likely way to leave is to sign up and trade. Brooklyn owes $ 111 million to six players between 2022 and 2023, without Irving, so even filling the list with a minimum wage would exceed Nets’ projected salary cap of $ 122 million next season. If Irving hits, Brooklyn’s strongest way to attract talent would be a $ 10.3 million mid-level exception. Irving is also entitled to a new deal, exercising his player option and extending the contract, which could give him an initial salary of $ 45.2 million for 2023-24.

For Netsi, the fate of the Irving Free Agency is in check, as the NBA draft and the Free Agency are close.

More NBA news and notes

Atlanta Hawks

Hawks free agent guard Lou Williams plans to continue his player career, his agent Wallace Prather said. “(Williams) isn’t going to retire and I’m talking to teams proactively during free agency,” Prather said. 17-year-old veteran Williams averaged 6.3 points in 56 races last season and played 14.3 minutes in the game.

Charlotte Hornets

Rival leaders expect Hornets-restricted free agent Miles Bridges to reach a maximum or near-maximum deal in July, and sources said Charlotte doubts the maximum amount would be appropriate. Bridges made the breakthrough in 2021-22, averaging 20.2 points, seven rebounds and 3.8 assists. In a league where wings such as Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins and Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown playfully influence the NBA Finals, Bridges’ two-way ability to win a wing has become incredibly valuable.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Sources said Cavaliers’ limited free agent Collin Sexton has been completely exempted from basketball. Sexton underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in November and has completely recovered on the eve of his release. Rival leaders believe the Sexton market could reach $ 20 million a year.

Indiana Pacers

According to sources, Pacers is seriously discussing deals centered on Malcolm Brogdon and Myles Turner. According to sources, the Wizards and Knicks are interested in Brogdon, being armed with options 10 and 11, respectively. According to these sources, Hornets is interested in Turner. However, Indiana, which has a 6th choice in the draft, could continue to redesign its veteran core, not just rebuild young players.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Sources said Timberwolves has discussed deals with veteran centers, including Atlanta’s Clint Capela.

Kings of Sacramento

Sources said Kings are becoming more comfortable in Thursday’s 4th draft and have described a steep price for the teams behind them in the draw. Sacramento chief manager Monte McNair has been involved in conversations about Hawks striker John Collins – among many other well-established and productive players in the market – but the fourth lover is not involved in the discussions focused on Collins, and McNair is doing so. According to sources, it will ultimately make the choice.

Utah Jazz

Sources said Jazz is planning the next step in the second interview process with almost all of its 15 head coach candidates.

The 15 head coach candidates are: Knicks Assistant Johnnie Bryant; current assistant Alex Jensen; current assistant Lamar Skeeter; Raptorsi assistant Adrian Griffin; Celtic Assistant Will Hardy; Bucks Assistant Charles Lee; Heat Assistant Chris Quinn; Mavericks assistant Sean Sweeney; Celtic Assistant Joe Mazzulla; Pistonsi Assistant Jerome Allen; 76ersi Assistant Sam Cassell; Sunsi Assistant Kevin Young; G League head coach Jason Terry; former Lakers coach Frank Vogel; and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts.

Draft notes

• Auburn’s Jabari Smith, who trained and met Magic (No. 1) and Thunder (No. 2) during the preparation process, is a virtual lock to get into the top two of the draft. He’s still the favorite to finish in first place.

• Kentucky player Shaedon Sharpe is an NBA draft mystery. Sharpe is projected to be a big lottery, and sources say he has done strong group training, such as three-on-three and four-on-four fights, to show his abilities to teams that haven’t seen him play organized basketball or two in the past year. Instead of training individually, Sharpe looked for competition by training teams between the No. 1-13 draw range.

• G League Ignite Michael Foster will eventually train for 15 teams. The length of his physique and the expected versatility at the next level make him a dreamy candidate. In 13 games against Ignite last season, Foster scored an average of 14.8 points and scored a record 8.7 rebounds.

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