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Kevin Durant stated he hasn’t gotten concerned in Kyrie Irving’s free company and doesn’t plan to. He’s simply ready for the result.

Irving’s negotiations with the Nets have been predictably complicated, resulting in a number of studies that Durant would comply with his pal out the door if Irving leaves. However Durant insists he’s staying fingers off.

“It’s no involvement in any respect. I can’t be concerned with it,” Durant advised host Eddie Gonzalez on an episode of Durant’s “The ETCs” podcast that dropped Friday morning. “That is this man’s livelihood. That is a lot greater than me. Being a free agent, it’s one of the essential instances in your profession. That may’t be swayed by anyone else. I simply do me and look ahead to the time.”

Irving has till Wednesday to select up his $36 million participant possibility for subsequent season. If he declines, he would develop into an unrestricted free agent.

“There’s nothing that may occur proper now,” Durant stated. “I simply let issues play out and see what occurs, however preserve the common contact up with Ky and see what occurs. It’s one thing that’s a lot out of my management that I don’t wish to be part of it.”

Gonzalez didn’t ask whether or not Durant would ask for a commerce if Irving leaves, and the previous MVP didn’t volunteer a solution. ESPN reported Thursday night time that Durant has not advised the Nets he would look to depart underneath these circumstances, however simply wants to know general manager Sean Marks’ plans for crafting a contender post-Irving.

Kevin Durant #7 high-fives Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets during Game 4 against the Boston Celtics on April 25, 2022.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets had been swept within the first spherical of the playoffs.
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Nonetheless, Durant did seemingly allude to the chatter generally phrases.

“It’s simply studies, you already know, that go round this time: the draft, the Finals simply ended. You simply obtained to maintain that dialogue going, preserve that engagement going,” Durant stated. “There’s lots happening with our crew. Uncertainty with Ben [Simmons] not playing with us, us being swept in the playoffs, Kyrie’s state of affairs being a free agent. … I perceive why there’s a lot noise round us. However as people, you management what you possibly can. So when the time’s proper, every thing will work out for itself.”

Durant added, “Basketball is clearly a very powerful factor. However I strive to not let that get in the best way of someone else’s private choice. … No matter occurs, the friendship will nonetheless be there.”

Irving and Durant arrived collectively in Brooklyn as a bundle deal in June 2019.

Durant inked a four-year, $198 million extension with the Nets final summer time, and it kicks on this upcoming season. Negotiations on a contract extension with Irving broke down final offseason because of his refusal to get vaccinated.

That refusal contributed to Irving taking part in simply 29 video games final season, and he has performed simply 103 of a potential 226 regular-season video games since becoming a member of the Nets. Because of this, they wish to defend themselves by giving him a shorter deal whereas Irving is searching for an extended max contract.

Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks speaks to the media during a press conference at the Nets training facility on May 11, 2022.
Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks
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Nets proprietor Joe Tsai is believed to be backing Marks’ choice to attract a line within the sand relating to Irving. And ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated Nets brass was absolutely cognizant of the chance in taking a tough line.

“The Nets knew after they entered these conversations with Kyrie Irving about his future that there was nice threat in regards to the future, about what it meant about Kevin Durant transferring ahead in the event that they weren’t ready to do a max deal, a long-term max deal,” Wojnarowski stated Friday morning on “Get Up!”

“Clearly, they had been prepared to take that threat as a result of Kyrie Irving hasn’t heard from the Nets in regards to the thought of a long-term dedication. So all of it is vitally a lot up within the air. So there’s going to be a dialogue right here to see this transfer ahead, however it is a very perilous time for the way forward for this Nets group.”

Wojnarowski added that if the state of affairs broke down and the Nets exercised the nuclear possibility of truly buying and selling Durant, the return could be “historic” due to his stature and the 4 years remaining on his contract.