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Kyrie Irving, Nets ‘more likely’ to strike a deal amid rumors of trade, contract hesitancy — report 

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The looming belief around the league that Kyrie Irving will still be sticking around in Brooklyn stands firm as it is, which may eventually happen for the following days to come. 

New York Post’s Brian Lewis has reported that all signs and indications are heading on the possibility that both Irving and the Nets will land an extended partnership — amid the murmurs that the franchise brass is “outright unwilling” to hand an offer and will trade him this offseason. 

Added by Lewis, the Nets have claimed that an extension is “likely more” to happen between them and the star point man. 

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 of his contract for 2022-23 and become a free agent. But both Nets and league sources told The Post an extension is more likely.

Previously in May, general manager Sean Marks made it clear that Brooklyn is not yet committed to secure the service of Irving for several years to come, citing reasons that they are searching for players who desire to play in their club and “be part of something bigger than themselves.”

Moreover, whispers are also circulating around the association that Irving might be dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Russell Westbrook, as the west coast club is also experiencing a dilemma of their own about the former league MVP. 

Due to his controversial COVID-19 vaccine stand, Irving was shelved on the Nets’ home games last season until March 27 to follow New York’s health mandate. He was notoriously activated by the team as a part-time player in midseason to play for their road games. 

In the 29 games he suited up, Irving proved himself as a talented offensive machine, tallying an average of 27.4 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds in almost 47 percent efficiency from the field. 

As such, the All-star guard is eligible to ink a five-year, $245.6 million contract on the table from the Nets once he declines to pick up his player option this summer. 

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