Nets GM Sean Marks says contract extension talks with James Harden and Kyrie Irving are progressing in the wake of Kevin Durant’s recent extension and expressed confidence that all three will have new deals in time for training camp.
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Irving, 29, is 6-foot-2 and averaged 26.9 points and 6.0 assists in 54 appearances last season. He aveeraged 22.9 points and 3.4 assists in nine playoff games.
Harden, 31, is 6-5 and appeared in 35 regular-season games in his first season with Brooklyn, compiling averages of 24.6 points, 10.9 assists and 8.5 rebounds. He averaged 20.2 points, 8.6 assists and 6.3 rebounds in the postseason.
“Harden and Irving are clear max players, there’s no discussion there,” wrote Kurt Helin of NBC Sports. “This means a max extension for Harden is four years, $161.1 million, and for Irving it is four years, $181.6 million.
“When this gets crazy expensive is the back end of the deal: In 2026, each of the three players would make more than $50 million per season.”