Clock ticking on Nets’ Kyrie Irving, James Harden contract goal

The Nets’ stated desire to have contract extensions in place for his or her remaining pair of Big 3 superstars — James Harden and Kyrie Irving — nonetheless has not been achieved with one week remaining earlier than the primary observe of coaching camp subsequent Tuesday.

With Kevin Durant already signing his max extension in August, Nets GM Sean Marks indicated he plans to take a seat down with James Harden and Kyrie Irving and/or their representatives within the coming weeks with a goal of hammering out new offers with the All-Star guards.

“Regarding the extension conversations, we’ve had very positive conversations with both those guys and whether it’s family members, [their] people, and so forth, I think it always helps to do these things in person,” Marks mentioned throughout an in-person press convention Tuesday on the staff’s Brooklyn observe facility. “With this being summer time, we’re very cognizant of letting individuals have their very own time away earlier than all of us get again into the swing of issues right here.

“We’re looking forward to sitting down with them over the course of the next week, two weeks, and furthering those discussions.”

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Kyrie Irving
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Shortly after Durant dedicated to stay in Brooklyn by way of 2026 by signing a four-year extension price $198 million on Aug. 6, Marks mentioned he was “confident” he’d get new mega-deals accomplished with Harden, who was acquired from Houston in January, and Irving by the beginning of coaching camp.

The 32-year-old Harden is eligible to signal for as much as three years and $161.1 million, whereas the 29-year-old Irving can ink a deal for 4 years and $181.6 million. Marks didn’t say whether or not any deadlines have been imposed — both by the staff or the gamers — for negotiations to be accomplished.

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James Harden
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“To be honest, I haven’t really looked at it as a distraction, per se. This is something those guys know exactly how we feel, and I think they’ve been vocal about wanting to be part of this and build this together,” Marks mentioned. “I feel we’ve bought a possibility to hopefully construct one thing particular right here for the foreseeable future.

“The fact that they want to collaborate, they want to come here together, they want to build this together, I look forward to those discussions with [coach] Steve [Nash] and myself and obviously ownership, who’s been incredibly supportive through this whole thing, and with the players. Just like any decision, it’s a partnership and it’s a collaboration.”

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Sean Marks
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Both gamers missed a number of video games within the playoffs final spring -— Harden with a hamstring challenge and Irving with an ankle damage — because the Nets have been eradicated in seven video games by the eventual NBA champion Bucks in a seven-game second-round sequence. Marks indicated that each stars, nonetheless, are wholesome getting into camp with a watch on “being the last team standing” this season.

“The progress of their rehab and overall health, from what we’ve seen, they look great,” Marks mentioned. “Our efficiency staff has been with them. Our teaching workers has been with them, spending appreciable time with them.

“I can attest that they’re in great spirits. They’re ready to go, like the rest of the team. It will be a work in progress as to how we proceed with all of our guys, not just James and Kyrie, into camp and how they’re used over the course of the first couple days, weeks. We’ve talked about it, really, ad nauseam, that it’s a grind. It’s a marathon. It’s not a sprint. But we’re obviously always trying to save those guys from themselves half the time. They feel good, they look great. So that’s a positive thing.”

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