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Kyrie has list of sign-and-trade options with Durant 'monitoring Nets situation'

By Tom Webber

New York, June 24: The Brooklyn Nets could be set to lose their two biggest stars with Kyrie Irving eyeing up other teams and Kevin Durant monitoring the situation, according to multiple reports.

By June 29, Irving must decide whether to take up his $36.5million player option for the 2022-23 season or opt out and test free agency or sign a new deal with the Nets.

Talks are understood to be at an impasse and ESPN reported on Thursday that if an agreement cannot be reached, the seven-time All-Star would pursue a sign-and-trade.

It was claimed the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers were on Irving's list of favoured destinations.

According to The Athletic, the uncertainty surrounding the Nets has led to Durant considering his future with the franchise.

Durant signed an extension through the 2025-26 season last year, but would reportedly seek a trade if Irving departed.

Irving is said to have engaged in conversations with former Cleveland Cavaliers team-mate LeBron James about a reunion at the Lakers. The pair led the Cavaliers to the NBA championship in 2016, but parted ways the following season.

Across the three seasons they have both been in Brooklyn, Irving and Durant have only played a total of 58 games together.

Durant sat out the entire 2019-20 season due to an Achilles injury, while he missed significant time in each of the following two campaigns through hamstring and knee problems respectively.

Irving, meanwhile, was a bit-part player for much of 2021-22 after he refused to comply with the New York City COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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Story first published: Friday, June 24, 2022, 3:30 [IST]
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