Kyrie Irving reportedly wants to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, but do the Nets want to give up D’Angelo Russell to add the six-time All-Star?
That may come down to whether or not the Nets can land another max player.
According to a report in the New York Post, the Nets are having second thoughts about swapping out point guards unless Irving can also recruit Kevin Durant to join him in Brooklyn. Since Russell was a key part of the Nets’ resurgence from bottom-feeder to playoff darling, the decision may not be as easy as it initially looks.
How do the players’ contracts factor into this?
The Nets may be choosing between several max players, but not all max contracts are made the same. Since they are based on years in the league and accolades, there’s a lot of money on the line.
The cheapest and easiest option for the Nets would be to re-sign their own restricted free agent, Russell. As a player with four years of experience, Russell is eligible for a four-year, $117 million contract.