Kyrie Irving’s contract predicament has recently put the Brooklyn Nets in the news. He doesn’t appear to be the only sought-after player this summer, either. According to the most recent NBA rumors, calls involving Joe Harris and Cam Thomas have been made to the Nets’ executive office.
NBA Rumors On Bradley Beal, Bobby Portis, Nicolas Batum, In Los Angeles Lakers And The Brooklyn Nets
Harris and Thomas have a number of suitors in the league, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. According to reports, interested teams are evaluating the Nets’ willingness to release both players. Seth Curry’s presence makes Harris an anticipated trade piece, and Thomas might demand a first-round pick.
The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving has until June 29 to determine whether or not to pick his $36.9 million player option for the following campaign. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, new deal negotiations between Irving and the Nets have reportedly come to a standstill.
Irving will become an unrestricted free agent if he chooses to forego exercising his player option. It implies that the former champion is free to join any organization.
Charania mentioned that teams interested in Irving include the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving are at odds over the latter’s new contract, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. Irving wants a longer contract, whereas the Nets want a shorter one with lots of incentives. Due to his lack of vaccinations, Irving missed a significant amount of the previous season.
The seven-time All-Star is renowned for having a long career of injury problems. The Nets may want Irving to demonstrate his ability to play a full season. In the meanwhile, Irving will probably want to obtain a favorable deal in case he sustains another injury.
Bradley Beal, a standout player for the Washington Wizards, will turn down his $36.4 million player option for the 2022–2023 season and sign with an unrestricted free agency this summer, a league source informed HoopsHype.
According to our HoopsHype salary cap analyst Yossi Golzan, who just wrote a post describing all the player and team option choices, Beal can agree to a five-year, $248 million contract with the Wizards in free agency.
In the HoopsHype free-agent rankings, the three-time All-Star is now placed fourth overall.
Many in the league anticipate Bobby Portis to refuse his $4.6 million player option for the 2022–23 season and sign with another team in unrestricted free agency after previously accepting a discount to re-sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.
After scoring career-highs in points (14.6) and rebounds (9.1) per game, Portis is among the top free agents available this summer. In our HoopsHype free-agent rankings, he comes in at number 12 and likely will earn a significant price increase this summer.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Nicolas Batum will not exercise his $3.3 million player option. According to all of Batum’s public statements, it would be unexpected if he left the Clippers, as LA Times beat writer Andrew Greif pointed out.
Due to his Early Bird Rights, the Clippers may be able to pay him a higher annual rate. According to rival NBA executives who talked with HoopsHype, Batum might command a $10 million average yearly compensation.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are anticipated to exercise their $2.35 million team option on forwarding Stanley Johnson. Darvin Ham, the new Lakers coach, has publicly emphasized the significance of players like Johnson. With the Lakers, Johnson shot a career-high 46.6 percent.
According to league insiders, the Lakers have expressed interest in purchasing a second-round pick in this year’s draft. In order to be ready for such a possibility, the team has projected multiple second-round picks.
The trade market has shown interest in a number of rotation players, even if the current talk centers on Kyrie Irving’s long-term future with the Nets.
According to league sources, numerous clubs around the league have contacted the Nets about swingman Joe Harris and guard Cam Thomas to see if Brooklyn is interested in dealing with either player.
Joe Harris is the team’s most likely trade asset should Brooklyn decide to upgrade at a different position, according to rival executives who think Thomas might demand a potential first-round selection in trade talks.
Given that Seth Curry, another accurate shooter, has a contract worth $8.5 million for the upcoming season, rival teams think Harris may be more available than in previous seasons.
Internally, though, the Nets feel Harris’ stature will benefit them next season on the glass, and that his floor spacing will enable Ben Simmons to flourish as the club transitions and open up pathways for the Australian front.
Simmons would have the most floor space with a group that included Kevin Durant, Irving, Curry, Harris, and Simmons, and such a lineup would be impossible to defend defensively.
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