“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 can receive a maximum five-year offer for nearly $250 million from the Brooklyn Nets.

“Uncle Drew” all but confirmed that when he appeared on The ETCs, Kevin Durant’s podcast. Irving stressed that he was looking to “bring together four straight years of team dominance.” He would almost absolutely appreciate that while earning the maximum extension he’s eligible to get from the Nets.

Dan Patrick on his podcast was in disbelief at Kyrie Irving’s take on long-term dominance:

“He [Irving] also tells Kevin Durant, “You know, I can see us on a four-year streak of dominance.” Well, that kind of time expires for a maximum contract that if you give me a four year contract then we’ll have a four year run. I would be happy with a one year run from Kyrie right now. Just a one year run. How do you play? You do something, put it all together. Half a year might be enough.

Since signing up with the Brooklyn Nets to form a super team with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving has played 20, 54 and 29 games in three seasons. He’s missed 123 and has only played 103 games for the Nets since the 2019-20 season.

Goals for Kyrie Irving himself and the Nets: “I’d like to set up four straight years of team dominance. Win 60+ games. Go deep into the playoffs and have fun building relationships that go beyond the pitch.” More here: nydailynews.com/sports/basketb…

The Mercurial point guard has missed a lot of time due to injuries and a controversial vaccine stance. He also left the team without telling Steve Nash or Sean Marks. Kyrie Irving would return several days later saying he just wanted to take a “break”.

In two seasons with Kevin Durant, he won just one playoff series, against the Boston Celtics in last year’s playoffs. Boston didn’t have Jaylen Brown in this series and only won 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 Played 123 — Games Missed 1 — Franchise Managed https://t.co/4MnCgrYjo5

Dan Patrick is right. Kyrie Irving didn’t even secure a year-long dominance with the Brooklyn Nets. General manager Sean Marks might have doubts about the full max extension given Irving’s terrible job.

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

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

If it’s not for Kevin Durant, it’ll be an easy no. The influence of “Kai” is KD’s friendship. Irving’s playoff record since leaving LeBron James is nothing short of average. Dominating is absolute reach as he’s only 11-11 in the playoffs without “King James.”

In the series against the Boston Celtics, Kyrie Irving was only dominant in the fourth quarter of Game 1 when he was down 18 points. The rest of the way, he had a few good moments but largely disappeared against Boston’s relentless defense.

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to firmly refuse to sign Kyrie Irving to a maximum contract of $250 million this summer. Instead, they should work out a signing and a trade involving Irving, which would likely lead to a deeper, better 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’ offer of a max contract. Among the requirements to be met will be games played, All-Star and All-NBA selections, and an appearance in the NBA Finals.

Shaq’s proposal is perhaps the best way to go. The Brooklyn Nets can’t take Irving’s word of a four-year dominance when he’s shown he can just quit at any time.

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