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I’d say, ‘Hey man, we can’t trust you’

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Kyrie Irving could also choose to become an unrestricted free agent, making him eligible for a new five-year, $245 million contract with the Nets. Kristian Winfield of The Daily News reported that the Nets were “absolutely reluctant” to offer Irving a multi-year contract. “If it was me, I’d be like, ‘Hey man, we can’t trust you,'” Charles Barkley said. “We don’t know what you’re going to do. We’re going to pay you that $40 million next year to see if you’re doing the right thing. Because if you don’t do the right thing with $40 million, you definitely won’t do the right thing with $240 million. So I’m not giving you a four-year extension for $200 million because we can’t count on you. “
Source: Stefan Bondy at New York Daily News

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Stephane Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Charles Barkley sees little hope in Leon Rose’s list:
“They are not close at all. …They have a bunch of JAGs as I call them. Just a guy.
nydailynews.com/sports/basketb… – 7:53 p.m.

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Stephane Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Charles Barkley on Kevin Durant’s legacy hurt by Warriors success/Nets failures; Barkley also feels Kyrie Irving will opt for the final year of his contract nydailynews.com/sports/basketb… – 7:41 p.m.

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
I’ve been told that Kyrie Irving’s mother-in-law, Shetellia Riley Irving, is still his agent. But Kyrie and Kanye West are “super supportive” of each other’s initiatives. The #Nets star still attends Donda Sports, and it’s mutual. Irving started a February presser promoting the Stem Player. – 5:27 p.m.

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New @FrontOfficeShow is in place! @Trevor_Lane and I talked about Kyrie and the Nets, the Blazers’ star hunt this summer, the Hawks looking to upgrade and more. Watch, like and subscribe below. 18,000 subscribers coming soon!
youtube.be/Ke6fYQL7xIc – 6:38 p.m.

Kurt Helin @talk about basketball
Report: Kyrie Irving likely to sign up and sign extension with Nets nba.nbcsports.com/2022/06/07/rep… – 11:01 a.m.

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
All the signs pointing to Kyrie Irving’s return #Netsand the post office speaks to #NBA sources on what a Brooklyn contract might look like. nypost.com/2022/06/06/all… via @nypostsports1h10

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Barkley appeared to be under the impression that Irving would opt for the final year of his $37 million contract. “He has a year left with this option. He’s going to pick it up,” Barkley said. “And we’ll see how he does next year.” —via New York Daily News/June 8, 2022

Despite a report that the Nets are “totally unwilling” to re-sign Kyrie Irving long-term — and speculation about his trade — all indications point strongly to 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 Nets and league sources told The Post an extension is more likely. -via the New York Post / June 7, 2022

But Irving is still not only close friends with Kevin Durant, but has a good relationship with team owners Joe and Clara Wu Tsai. The Post reported last month that a return to Brooklyn seems like a done deal, and the feeling around the league is that Irving will re-sign. “I most agree [likely] he’s coming back,” a league source familiar with the salary cap told The Post. “As far as a contract, I would probably try to pick him up at an annual rate at what he’s currently earning. They could give him a contract below the maximum with unlikely incentives that allow him to reach the maximum. Improbable Incentives are capped at 15% of a player’s salary in any given year, so they can get their salary up to 15% lower and then give them Incentives to allow them to get the full max.-via the New York Post / June 7, 2022

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