Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant To Nets? Adrian Wojnarowski Breaks Down Odds
Jun 08 2019
Sources say the probability of Irving re-signing with the Boston Celtics is "low".
First, Harris has been linked to both the Jazz and Brooklyn, but could he sign with the Nets in that second max salary slot to play in his native NY with a player such as Irving? The Nets could keep restricted free agent guard D'Angelo Russell on a max - or near-max - deal to play with a free-agent star, too.
The Nets created an additional $18 million in cap space in the trade and now have room to sign two max players, the report notes.
The timing of the deal allows Brooklyn to dodge the NBA's Stepien rule that prohibits a team from trading first-round picks in consecutive years. He was a Nets fan while growing up in New Jersey, according to the New York Post. In Durant's case, he may well choose to stick with the Warriors and while it would be something of a shock at this point if Irving re-upped with the Celtics, there are other squads with cap space to spare. He has one year remaining on the four-year deal he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers during the summer of 2017. 8, 10 and 17. The same will also happen in 2022 if the pick is still lottery protected in 2021, though after that, it will convert to two second-round picks.
Other prominent players expected to be available when free agency officially starts at 6 p.m. on June 30 (contracts can not be signed, however, until noon on July 6), include Golden State's Klay Thompson, the Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker and the Philadelphia 76ers' Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. If that were to happen, that would give the Hawks five young, cost-controlled contracts and a full 15-man roster.