Kyrie Irving, Nets at 'impasse' in talks, NBA insider mentions two potential suitors



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Kyrie Irving, Nets at 'impasse' in talks, NBA insider mentions two potential suitors

NBA insider Shams Charania is reporting that Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets are at "impasse" in their talks regarding the guard's future in Brooklyn. Irving has a player option for the next season that could pay him nearly $37 million but he would certainly like to sign a long-term deal this summer.

Irving, who signed with the Nets in 2019, is coming off a pretty turbulent season. The Nets' season ended on a very disappointing way as they were swept by the Boston Celtics in the playoff first round. If Irving gets the green light to find a new home, Charania mentioned the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks as potntial suitors.

"Kyrie Irving, Nets are at impasse in conversations about his future in Brooklyn, clearing way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the open market. Lakers and Knicks expected to emerge among potential suitors," Charania reported.

Irving suggested he's ready to stay with the Nets

After the Nets' season ended, Irving sounded confident that he would be playing for Brooklyn next season.

There's no question about where I'm going and how this is going to happen," Irving said shortly after the Nets' season ended. "I'm here with [Durant], but also I'm here to build a great team.

I've averaged this many points, done this many things. Individually, been recognized for my greatness, but at this point in my career, I really just want to be part of a great team. And just dominate that way and not really focus on any individual accolades and achievements.

Just really build something special -- that's my focus going into the summer is just building with my teammates." When Irving and Kevin Durant signed with the Nets in 2019, they made it clear their top goal was to bring Brooklyn an NBA title.

Three seasons later, the Nets have yet to win a title since signing Irving and Durant. After the Nets' season ended, Irving suggested he, Durant and the Nets organization should sit down and try to find ways to make the Nets a contender.

Many blame Irving for the way the Nets' season unfolded. After missing the beginning of the season, Irving was returned to the team but available only for road games. In April, Irving was cleared to play home games but it was too late as the Nets had already lost too many games.

The Nets managed to get through the play-in tournament and reach the playoffs, before getting swept by the Celtics. Many believe that the Nets would have entered the playoffs with a high seeding if not for Irving's absence.