Brooklyn Nets GM Quashes Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors as Renewal Seems Imminent

Published 09/22/2021, 3:00 PM EDT


Brooklyn Nets Guards Kyrie Irving and James Harden will become free agents at the end of the 2021-22 NBA Season. As of now, the Big 3 of the Brooklyn Nets have only played together in 13 games. In those games, they have won 10 and lost 3 of them. Despite such a short span of time together, the team still managed to make the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

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One can only imagine how lethal this trio could be if they are healthy throughout the season. So it is important for the Brooklyn Nets to lock down both Harden and Irving to longer contracts. And as per Brooklyn Nets’ GM Sean Marks, the conversations so far with the players about this have been “positive.”

Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) and Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) head down court during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets GM optimistic about Irving and Harden

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According to the Athletic’s Alex Schiffer, Marks just needs a little more time to finalize the talks of their extensions. In a conversation with Alex, Marks said “We’ve had very positive conversations with both those guys, and whether it’s family members, people and so forth, I think it always helps to do these things in person.”

Then he further added, “With this being summer, we’re very cognizant of letting people have their own time away before we all get back into the swing of things here. We’re looking forward to sitting down with them over the course of the next week, two weeks, and furthering those discussions.” Therefore, the GM has shown some confidence that they will extend the contracts of Irving and Harden.

A trusted source had recently spoken about the potential trade of Kyrie Irving and his response if he were to get traded. Fox Sports’ Nick Wright claimed that Kyrie would retire from the NBA if he got traded from the Nets. Kyrie Irving immediately shut down the rumor claiming Wright is a “puppet.”

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It is very important for the franchise that the front office locks down this duo for the long term. Considering that they are all at the primes in their careers, they are the key to success in the team’s championship aspirations.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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