“Sweeped” by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, the Nets are already on vacation, when they were called to play in the Finals at the start of the season. Inevitably, the leaders of the New York franchise are as disappointed as the players, and their project has taken a real hit.
For the entire organization, it is now important to look to the sequence of events, in order to best prepare for the next exercise. And it starts with a pivotal offseason, as only the contracts of Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Seth Curry, Cam Thomas and Day’Ron Sharpe are currently guaranteed with Brooklyn.
The big burning issue for the coming weeks therefore concerns Kyrie Irving, which has a player option of 36.5 million dollars. Thus, he could decide to decline it to test the market for the second time in his career, either to extend with the Nets or to sign elsewhere.
Be more often available
On the side of Sean Marks, the GM of the New York franchise, we do not wish for the moment to dwell too much on the contractual situation of the All-Star leader. Instead, he prefers above all to recall the culture he wants to establish right now in the “Big Apple”.
” He has decisions to make “, first explains the leader of Brooklyn. ” We need players who want to be here, who are selfless, who want to be part of something bigger than themselves, who play as a team and who are available. There is an objective and, to reach it, we are going to need everyone’s availability. That goes not only for Kyrie [Irving]but not only. »
And Sean Marks then insists on the fact that Kyrie Irving, not the most available player for the Nets (103 games played, out of a possible 226, since the 2019/20 season), must show more regularity at this level: ” There will be discussions. It’s a team sport and we need everyone on the pitch. »
Fake suspense or real reflection?
Between injuries, lack of complete vaccination status or sometimes obscure packages, “Uncle Drew” has often missed the call for Brooklyn, for three years. However, like Ben Simmons, his team will not be able to go very far, that is to say until the title, if he is not more often present on the ground.
But, even if it seems unlikely not to see Kyrie Irving extend this summer alongside Kevin Durant, Sean Marks prefers to be evasive on the re-signing of the 2016 champion.
” Do they want to be part [du projet] ? Are they motivated by something that is not good for the team? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves and the players we want to re-sign “Concludes the GM who, here, also targets Ben Simmons, whose future in Brooklyn is obviously not completely assured either.