Inside Pass: Nets, Kirie Irving at a dead end;  latest on Miles Bridges;  NBA Draft Notes

Inside Pass: Nets, Kirie Irving at a dead end; latest on Miles Bridges; NBA Draft Notes

With the NBA draft in three days and a free agency around the corner, trade talks, signatures and searches for all 30 teams have begun in earnest. Major free agents are followed across the league – and potential free agents: Zack Lavigne of Chicago, Bradley Bill of Washington, James Harden of Philadelphia, Deandre Eaton of Phoenix, Miles Bridges of Charlotte, Jalen Branson of Dallas, Anferny Simons of Portland and many more. that.

But one of the most anticipated situations with free agents includes Kiri Irving from Brooklyn, who has until June 29 for his $ 36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 season. However, more sources say The Athletic that talks about Irving’s future stagnated between him and the Nets. There is currently a stalemate between the parties that paves the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider an open market, sources said.

Irving joined the Nets along with Kevin Durant in the summer of 2019, although Durant missed their first season together as he recovered from a torn Achilles tendon. Irving joined the All-Star Team in the 2020-21 season and helped lead the franchise to the Eastern Conference semifinals along with Durant and James Harden before an ankle injury in the series against Bucks. After last season, in which he played only 29 games and missed most of the home games of the season due to his decision not to adhere to the New York vaccine mandate, Irving made it clear that he intends to return to the Nets for the summer and move on. to build with Durant and newcomer Ben Simons. He averaged 27.2 points, 6.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game and scored 40.4 percent of the three-point attempt in three seasons with Brooklyn, but played in 103 of 216 regular-season games.

“Actually, I’m not planning to go anywhere,” Irving said on April 25 after the Nets played against the Celtics in the first round of the East playoffs at the end of the season.

Almost two months later, it seems that both sides have serious work to do to find a solution that would return Irving to Brooklyn and his colleague in Durant, who has a contract with the Nets until 2025-26. Several teams across the league followed the situation, wondering about the future of Irving and Brooklyn.

The Lakers, Knicks and Clippers are expected to be among the interested suitors if Irving goes elsewhere, several sources say. The Athletic.

For the Lakers, a likely way to acquire Irving – and reunite him with LeBron James – would be for Irving to decide to facilitate trade, as the Lakers can’t realistically free up space to restrict themselves from signing, and signing and exchanging would trigger a hard hat. , which makes it much more difficult to acquire Irving. If Irving were chosen, the Lakers’ general manager Rob Pelinka would have to comply with the rules on adjusting salaries from the collective agreement, which means that if Irving’s 36.6 million dollars is the only income, the Lakers could send from 29.3 million to 45, $ 8 million to the Nets and / or the third team in the legal business.

For the Knicks, the likely path to acquiring Irving depends on what the Nets give priority to. New York is aligned with the salary cap line for 2022-23, so it could free up enough space to sign Irving to the maximum contract by firing salaries such as Evan Fournier, Alec Burks, Nerlens Noel and Kemba Walker. But the Knicks could also offer some or all of those players to the Nets or a third team in a possible exchange.

For the Clippers, the probable way to get Irving requires him to decide to participate, because they have significantly exceeded the line of taxes on luxury and the strict limit for 2022-23. To meet salary adjustments, the Clippers would have to send between $ 29.3 million and $ 45.8 million to the Nets and / or the third team if Irving is the only salary in their path. The Clippers’ scenario is less complicated than the Lakers, since the Clippers have players who earn 11 to 17 million dollars for their work. For example, the release of two or three Norman Powell, Marcus Maurice, Luke Kenard and Reggie Jackson meets CBA trade rules, and they also have a collection of young players like Terrence Mann or Brandon Boston who could help sweeten the business.

The potential departure of Irving would be incredibly detrimental to the Nets due to their limited ability to replace him and his salary if Irving signs elsewhere as a free agent. The more likely route to any departure would be through signs and trade. Brooklyn owes $ 111 million to six players in the 2022-23 season, not including Irving, and even filling the list with minimum wages would put the Nets above the projected salary limit for next season of $ 122 million. If Irving starts, Brooklyn’s strongest path to adding talent would be an exception of $ 10.3 million at the mid-level level. Irving is also eligible for a new contract by using his playing option and extending his contract from there, which could bring him a starting salary of $ 45.2 million for 2023-24.

For the Nets, the fate of Irving’s free agency needs to be watched while the NBA draft and free agency are close.

More NBA news and notes

Atlanta Hawks

Hawks free agent quarterback Lou Williams intends to continue his playing career, said his agent Wallace Prater. “(Williams) does not want to retire, and I will be proactive in talking to teams during free time,” said Prater. Williams, a 17-year veteran, averaged 6.3 points and 14.3 minutes per game in 56 competitions this season.

Charlotte Hornets

Rival executives expect Miles Bridges to reach a maximum – or near-maximum – deal with limited Hornets free agent in July, and sources say Charlotte is reluctant to comply with the maximum number. Bridges had a pivotal season in the 2021-22 season, averaging 20.2 points, seven rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. In a league where wings such as Andrew Wiggins of Golden State and Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown of Boston had influences that changed the game in the race to the NBA Finals, Bridges’ two-way ability on the wing became incredibly appreciated for winning.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers limited free agent Colin Sexton has been granted permission for full basketball activities, sources said. Sexton underwent surgery in November to repair a torn meniscus and fully recovered before entering a free agency. Rival executives believe the Secton market could reach a range of $ 20 million a year.

Indiana Pacers

Pacers are seriously discussing jobs focused on Malcolm Brogdon and Miles Turner, sources said. The Wizards and Knicks are interested in Brogdon, armed with peaks number 10 and 11, sources said. The Hornets have expressed interest in Turner, the sources said. However, Indiana, which has the 6th pick in the draft, could decide to continue redecorating its veteran core, rather than completely rebuilding itself around young players.

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves discussed arrangements for veterans’ centers, including Clint Capella of Atlanta, sources said.

Sacramento Kings

The Kings are becoming more comfortable in the draft at number 4 in the draft on Thursday, and they described the high price for the teams behind them in the lottery, which are trying to exchange, sources said. Sacramento CEO Monte McNair has begun talks about Hawks striker John Collins – among many other established, productive players in the market – but there has been no involvement of the 4th pick in Collins-focused discussions, and McNair will ultimately decide on the choice. according to sources.

Utah Jazz

Sources said that Jazz is scheduling other talks with almost all of its 15 candidates for head coaches as the next step in the process.

The 15 candidates for head coach are: Knicks assistant Johnny Bryant; current assistant Alex Jensen; current assistant Lamar Skeeter; Reptors Assistant Adrian Griffin; Celtics assistant Will Hardy; Bucks’ assistant Charles Lee; Heat Assistant Chris Quinn; Mavericks assistant Sean Sweeney; Celtics assistant Joe Macula; Pistons assistant Jerome Allen; 76ers Assistant Sam Cassell; Suns assistant Kevin Young; G League head coach Jason Terry; former Lakers coach Frank Vogel; and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stoats.

Draft notes

• Auburn Jabari Smith, who practiced and met with Magic (No. 1) and Thunder (No. 2) during the pre-draft process, is a virtual lock to enter the top two in the draft. He remains the No. 1 favorite.

• Shadon Sharp of Kentucky is a mysterious man in the NBA Draft. Sharpe has projected a large selection in the lottery, and sources say he has conducted strong group training sessions such as three-on-three and four-on-four fights to show his ability to teams not seeing him play organized basketball over the past year or two. Instead of leading individual trainings, Sharpe sought competition, working for teams between the draft ranges of no. 1-13.

• Michael Foster from G League Ignite will eventually train for 15 teams, with his build of 6 feet and 9 meters and the expected versatility at the next level which makes him a sleeping candidate in the draft. In 13 games for Ignite last season, Foster averaged 14.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

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