“Just a one-year run, how about you play? You guys do something.”

Kyrie Irving is expected to opt out of his contract and become an NBA free agent this summer. Once he declines his player option, he will be eligible to receive a five-year max offer of about $250 million from the Brooklyn Nets.

“Uncle Drew” pretty much confirmed it when it appeared on The ETCs, Kevin Durant’s podcast. Irving emphasized that he is looking to “put together four straight years of team dominance.” He would almost absolutely enjoy it as long as he gets the maximum extension he’s eligible to get from the Nets.

Dan Patrick on his podcast was incredulous at Kyrie Irving’s vision of long-term dominance:

“The [Irving] he also tells Kevin Durant, ‘You know, I can see us on a four-year dominance streak.’ Well, that kind of time runs out for a maximum contract that if you give me a four-year contract and then we’ll have a four-year run. I’d be satisfied with a one-year run from Kyrie at this point. Just a one year run. How about you play? You guys do something, get it all together. Half a year, that might be enough.

Since joining the Brooklyn Nets to form a superteam with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving has played 20, 54 and 29 games in three seasons. He missed 123 and played just 103 games for the Nets since the 2019-20 season.

Kyrie Irving and the Nets’ goals: “I’d like to put together four straight years of team dominance. Win 60-plus games. Dig deep into the playoffs and have fun building relationships that extend beyond the court.” More here: nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…

The Mercury point guard has missed significant time due to injuries and a controversial stance on the vaccine. He also left the team without saying anything to Steve Nash or Sean Marks. Kyrie Irving would return several days later saying that he just wanted to “pause.”

In two seasons with Kevin Durant, he’s won just one playoff series, which was against the Boston Celtics in last year’s playoffs. Boston did not have Jaylen Brown in that series and won only one game.

The Celtics returned the favor this season, sweeping Durant and Irving in one of the most disappointing seasons of all time.

Kyrie Irving Nets career:103 — Games played123 — Games lost1 — Franchise managed https://t.co/4MnCgrYjo5

Dan Patrick is right. Kyrie Irving hasn’t even provided dominance for a year with the Brooklyn Nets. General manager Sean Marks might have doubts about the full maximum extension given Irving’s terrible job.

Will the Brooklyn Nets give in to Kyrie Irving’s expectations of a max extension?

General manager Sean Marks will have a crucial decision to make when Irving requests the maximum offer. [Photo: New York Times]
General manager Sean Marks will have a crucial decision to make when Irving requests the maximum offer. [Photo: New York Times]

If it wasn’t for Kevin Durant, this would be an easy no. Kai’s advantage is KD’s friendship. Irving’s record in the playoffs since he left LeBron James is just average. Dominating is an absolute reach when he’s just 11-11 in the postseason without “King James.”

In the series against the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving only dominated in the fourth quarter of Game 1 when he scored 18 points. The rest of the way, he had some stretches of good play, but he largely disappeared in front of Boston’s relentless defense.

The Brooklyn Nets should outright refuse to sign Kyrie Irving to a maximum contract of more than $250 million this summer. Instead, they should work on a sign-and-trade involving Irving, which would likely lead to a better, deeper team built around Kevin Durant. 👇basketballnews.com/stories/why-th…

As Shaquille O’Neal suggested on an episode of The Big Podcast, the 10-15 stipulations should be part of the Brooklyn Nets’ maximum contract offer. Among the conditions to be met will be games played, All-Star and All-NBA selections and an appearance in the NBA Finals.

Shaq’s proposal may be the best way to proceed. The Brooklyn Nets can’t take Irving’s word for a four-year dominance when he has shown that he can quit at any time.

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