NBA-listers: LaVine, Beal among top (potential) free agents

NBA free agency doesn’t begin until Thursday but one player’s decision has made an impact on the league’s off-season. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving plans to exercise the option on the final season of his contract, meaning he won’t be a free agent. But that doesn’t mean Irving won’t be the subject of potential trades … Read more

All signs pointing to Kyrie Irving returning to Nets

Despite a report that the Nets are “outright unwilling” to re-sign Kyrie Irving long term — and speculation about him being traded — all indications strongly point toward a reunion between Brooklyn and its All-Star point guard. Irving has until June 29 to decide whether he will opt out of the final $36.5 million year … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant’s ex-teams are thriving without them

In July 2019, Kyrie Irving bolted Boston for Brooklyn, and Kevin Durant left Golden State to join him. And in effect, the two created one of the most dangerous duos in NBA history. Now, the Warriors are back in yet another NBA Finals, while the Celtics are going into Friday’s Game 6 up 3-2 and … Read more

Nets’ biggest obstacle is trust issues

The Nets have talent. But they also have issues. And that’s why they’re at home, long since eliminated from the playoffs while another quartet of teams are still alive and vying for the NBA title. Neither Reggie Miller nor Stan Van Gundy — both covering the conference finals for TNT — was ready to give … Read more

Kyrie Irving, Nets GM Sean Marks yet to talk contract

Nets general manager Sean Marks said the team hasn’t had conversations with Kyrie Irving yet about the mercurial star guard’s contract, adding they’ll see if staying together is “the right fit.” Marks met with the media last week, and also recorded an interview that aired on YES Network on Monday. He addressed Irving’s $36.9 million … Read more

Nets’ culture needs to be driven by players

For the first several years of Nets general manager Sean Marks’ rebuilding process, one couldn’t spend five minutes in the building without hearing the buzzword “culture.” In Marks’ first comments since the Nets’ first-round sweep at the hands of Boston, he admitted Wednesday that ballyhooed culture has taken a big hit. “Did we take a … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving problem no one’s fault but Sean Marks

Kyrie Irving was not physically in the room when the Nets conducted their public autopsy Wednesday in Brooklyn, but he was very much there in spirit. Team management has clearly decided it is time to confront Irving on his commitment to him to the championship cause, and in theory, any right-minded fan would say, “Amen … Read more

Nets’ Kyrie Irving on being in middle of vaccine debate: ‘Life of a martyr’

Kyrie Irving, while admitting he felt at times he was letting his Nets teammates down by not being able to play for parts of this season, still described himself as a “martyr” for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine despite heavy criticism. “I was not expecting a mandate to be brought down in a way … Read more