This decision now opens the path for Kyrie Irving to proceed on finding a new home via opt-in and trade.
Earlier this week, The Athletic reported that conversations about Irving’s future had gone stagnant between him and the Nets, and an impasse existed among the parties that cleared the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the open marketplace, sources said.
Irving has a June 29 deadline on his $36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 season. Durant, who signed an extension with the Nets last August, is under contract through the 2025-26 season.
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