Nets trying to stay disciplined on Kyrie Irving extension without alienating Kevin Durant

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Nets Daily: Woj on Sports Center. “Trying to stay disciplined on a Kyrie Irving extension but they also run the risk of alienating Kevin Durant, possibly leading to an unfastening.”
Source: Twitter @NetsDaily

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
#Cavs value size and versatility. They need a big wing with two-way potential. Ousmane Dieng watches Luka Doncic, Brandon Ingram, Kevin Durant and Paul George for tips and nuances. It’s a massive gamble on upside. Should the Cavs take it?
cleveland.com/cavs/2022/06/2…12:50 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most PPG by a duo this season:
57.3 — Kyrie and Durant
56.0
55.0
54.0
53.5 — LeBron and Davis
52.3 — LaVine and DeMar pic.twitter.com/E6s9uoF5Vg12:31 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
And here’s the clip from this morning
Tim Legler on Kyrie Irving’s contract extension: The talent is NOT enoug… youtu.be/hez9x-3LbOA via @YouTube11:00 AM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
NEW @TheCrossover Pod w/@Howard Beck: Unpacking the latest on Kyrie, Celtics offseason, John Wall, more; draft preview w/@Jeremy Woo. Links: bit.ly/2w1G5e210:22 AM

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
ICYMI: Lowe Post podcast: Steve Kerr goes behind the scenes on another GSW title run, then @Jonathan Givony on all things draft/trade rumors/Kyrie/free agency, more:
Spotify: spoti.fi/3O99jdO
Apple: apple.co/3biyGv510:10 AM

Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade @PDcavsinsider
Happy Parade-iversary, Cleveland! 6 years ago, fans flooded the streets of downtown Cleveland for a championship parade half a century in the making! @LeBron James @Kyrie Irving @JR Smith
Photos: @H_Grove pic.twitter.com/Cn1lrAiOzC9:21 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Sticking point between Nets, Irving is length of contract nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/22/rep…9:00 AM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
How would Kyrie Irving fit with the Lakers? Lots of off-season discussion with @RealAClifton and @Mike Trudell on @SpectrumSN. Tune in now pic.twitter.com/F1inJz35aY9:31 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets still Kyrie Irving’s most likely landing spot amid ‘impasse’ nypost.com/2022/06/21/net… via @nypostsports8:09 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Games played:
103 — Kyrie in 3 Nets seasons
104 — Looney this season
@NBAMuse24 pic.twitter.com/XLHGpNGAqQ7:01 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Nets fear Kyrie Irving retiring during long-term deal nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/21/rep…5:01 PM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
I would take Chet Holmgren No. 1 overall, especially after seeing this @P3sportscience assessment. We all know why Kristaps Porzingis is the first comp that people think of, but KD makes more sense to me.
https://t.co/Kdc07dl2D0 pic.twitter.com/dqTDChuBki4:59 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier — ASK IRA: Is there a path for Kyrie Irving to the Heat? sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…3:59 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
I’ll be on @ESPNLosAngeles w/@John Ireland from 1-4 pm! Talking Lakers trade rumors (Russ, Kyrie, Nets, Hornets, Hayward, etc.), Dodgers, Gronk, the Sheen family, Mandy Awards preview and more! Listen up! AK – 3:39 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2012, Kevin Durant became the second-youngest player in NBA history to average at least 30 PPG in a Finals.
The only player to do so at a younger age is Rick Barry in 1967. In fact, Barry is one of only three players to average at least 40 PPG in a Finals. pic.twitter.com/db65ddoRnl2:01 PM

Chris Broussard @Chris_Broussard
With @EphraimSalaam. Who has more leverage: Kyrie or the Nets? Would the Lakers push all-in on Irving? Is Steph Curry now top-10 all-time? & more! Guests: @John Hollinger @adaniels33
Catch us live weeknights 7-10p ET on @FoxSportsRadio & @iHeartRadio podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…1:48 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Current players averaging over 25 PPG:
27.2 — Kevin Durant
27.1 — LeBron James
26.4 — Luka Doncic
26.0 — Joel Embiid
25.7 — Zion Williamson
25.3 — Trae Young
KD and LeBron have played 1,348 more games than the other 4 combined. pic.twitter.com/2FVxfd23ou12:23 PM

Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Asked Ochai Agbadji on the players he inspired him as younger and he said Kevin Durant and his OKC run was something he looked up a lot. #NBADraft12:19 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
What’s the ceiling on this lineup:
– Westbrook
– Harris
– Durant
– Simmons
– M. Turner

– Mills
– Curry
– Tucker/Ingles
– Ja. Green
– Biyombo
– K. Edwards
– C. Thomas
– D. Sharpe – 12:09 PM

Tom Ziller @teamziller
The biggest variable in whatever happens between Kyrie and the Nets is how KD reacts.
Evidence from the past 3 years indicates where this is heading, unless something has dramatically changed. ziller.substack.com/p/how-kd-figur…8:51 AM

Eric Walden @tribjazz
Just saw the video where Barkley said of KD that “he’s gonna have to win a championship as the guy, as the bus driver” to get respect, and he won’t get that respect until he achieves that very specific criteria.
Hmmmm … by that logic, isn’t Chuck saying we shouldn’t respect him? – 6:05 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Steph Curry has more seasons with 200+ 3-pointers than
Reggie Miller
Ray Allen
Peja Stojakovic
Dirk Nowitzki
Kevin Durant
combined. pic.twitter.com/9l5uO02V5P4:46 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Duos that have played more games together than Durant and Kyrie:
45 – Dirk and Rondo
47 – Hakeem and Vince
48 – Rasheed and Iverson
48 – Nash and Kobe
53 – LeBron and Shaq pic.twitter.com/IzKKce6YQY3:58 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Johnny Davis: “I’ve been watching (OKC) ever since they had Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the same team.” – 12:42 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Johnny Davis on OKC: “I think it’s a really great organization. I’ve been watching them since they had Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. I think it’d be a great fit if they drafted me.” – 12:42 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Kyrie and Durant in the playoffs:
— 6 wins
— 7 losses
— 1 series won
The end of an era? pic.twitter.com/dO8cr2rY1K11:29 AM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
So what happens if Kyrie and the Nets don’t work things out?
And, maybe more important, how would Kevin Durant feel after Kyrie gave him the big recruiting pitch for Brooklyn (“Two max slots!”) at the 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte? pic.twitter.com/0TxAMPRubE11:24 AM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
You don’t just get players like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving every couple of years. Especially the Nets. – 11:18 AM

Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Shouldn’t this kill the narrative that KD is calling the shots in Brooklyn?
Because if that were the case then nobody would be talking about Kyrie Irving right now. – 11:01 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
KD right now pic.twitter.com/VbqiSshbnr10:41 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
hard not to feel bad for KD, but he’s in a mess of his own making.
Durant chose to leave the comfy confines of Golden State and the chance to spend the rest of his career alongside another all-time great in Steph Curry.
Instead, KD decided to hitch his future to Kyrie Irving. – 10:19 AM

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
“I don’t really plan on going anywhere,” Irving said. “When I say I’m here with [Kevin Durant], I think that it really entails us managing this franchise together alongside Joe [Tsai] and Sean [Marks].”
lol – 10:16 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics have Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum and made the NBA Finals.
Nets have seven playoff wins in three years of KD/Kyrie and now it all might be breaking up.
I guess Boston did win the trade after all!
(We already knew Boston won that trade about five years ago, yet…) – 9:51 AM

Austin Krell @NBAKrell
KD picking Rudy Gobert over Kyrie and Harden in the All-Star draft is going to be legendary. – 9:28 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2021, the @Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant scored 48 points in a loss to the Bucks in Game 7 of the ECS.
Durant set an NBA postseason record for most points scored in a Game 7, breaking the mark of 47 shared by Sam Jones (1963) and Dominique Wilkins (1988). pic.twitter.com/OqkMd1IiQg3:01 PM

More on this storyline

 

Anthony Puccio: Woj lays out Kyrie Irving negotiations from a Nets perspective: 1. They wanna stay “disciplined” on an extension 2. They understand they’re running the risk of alienating Kevin Durant pic.twitter.com/9TF9NVo9H3 -via Twitter @APOOCH / June 22, 2022

Rylan Stiles: Ochai Agbaji said the first player he remembers truly playing attention to basketball was Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. -via Twitter @Rylan_Stiles / June 21, 2022

Pat McAfee: What is going on with Kyrie Shams? “Sources tell me that he wants to stay with Kevin Durant & the Nets.. the talks with the Nets officials have led to a serious opening for him to hit the open market though” ~@ShamsCharania #PMSLive -via Twitter / June 20, 2022

Despite the Nets and Kyrie Irving hitting an impasse in their talks, both sides are still working to find a happy medium in Brooklyn rather than an exit strategy out of it. Or as a source told The Post “what’s good for both [sides].” -via New York Post / June 22, 2022

Several league sources said the perception is that this is a game of poker being played by Irving to bluff Nets GM Sean Marks into concessions, as The Post reported Monday. An ESPN report Tuesday concurred, and most around the league feel a return to Brooklyn is the most probable end result. -via New York Post / June 22, 2022