Nets GM has interesting answer to question about Kyrie Irving's Brooklyn future

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Nets GM has interesting answer to question about Kyrie's Brooklyn future originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Brooklyn Nets had a disastrous 2021-22 NBA season that began with expectations of winning a championship and ended with an embarrassing sweep to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

The Nets' best players, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, struggled mightily against the Celtics' No. 1 ranked defense. It also didn't help the Nets that former All-Star guard Ben Simmons -- the centerpiece of the deal that sent James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers before the trade deadline -- didn't play a single game for Brooklyn this season.

Despite reports that he might return in Game 4 against the Celtics, Simmons never saw the floor.

Nets general manager Sean Marks held his end-of-the-year media availability Wednesday and raised a few eyebrows with a few of his comments.

First, he didn't fully commit to Irving being a long-term member of the franchise. Irving can become a free agent this summer if he doesn't exercise the player option in his contract for the 2022-23 season.

Irving didn't make himself available for most of the home games during the regular season by choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here's more from Marks:

Selfless? Availability? Those aren't words many people would use to describe Irving, or even Simmons.

It's going to be a very interesting offseason for the Nets. They could just run it back with their current roster and hope Simmons, who had back surgery last week, is able to contribute and be an elite player again. They also could go in a totally different direction and part ways with one or two of their top players.

Either way, it's not the type of offseason many people envisioned the Nets facing.