By Jerry Wein
Kyrie Irving has been “working out with teammates and holding constructive dialogue with the [Nets] organization this offseason,” according to Shams Charania.
Shams adds that the Nets have “made clear to interested teams that they plan to keep the seven-time All-Star.”
They have little leverage here, since Kyrie is on an expiring contract with unrestricted free agency looming in 2023, and there’s a soft market for him given his salary ($36.9 million) and mercurial persona.
This also comes two days after a report from long-time NBA writer Nick Friedell, that the Nets organization’s trust in Kyrie has “slowly eroded over time.” For now, it seems like Brooklyn is preparing to enter training camp with Kyrie, Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons and the rest of their existing roster.