Point guard Kyrie Irving has made it known that he would like to remain with the Nets, but the Nets are in no rush on a contract extension, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.
“Some league observers have posited that this could be by design on Brooklyn’s part, with the Nets apparently convinced that they are under no pressure to move swiftly on the extension front when Irving would likely need their help via sign-and-trade to relocate in the offseason to any other team he likes,” Stein wrote.
- It appears the Nets have found a way to stay afloat minus injured star forward Kevin Durant. “I think we’ve been able to somewhat form a recipe for how we want to play,” coach Jacque Vaughn said, via Alex Schiffer of The Athletic.
- Durant is aiming to return before the All-Star Game, per Schiffer. That would mark Durant’s first All-Star Game with Brooklyn.
- Guard Patty Mills indicated there’s a different vibe around the team this season. “I think from a big picture standpoint we’ve just worked out how to navigate the ship I guess,” Mills said, via Schiffer. “And it definitely does feel a lot different than last year in that sense. But I think what you’re getting is everyone being able to buy into what we’re doing here.”
- Guard/forward Ben Simmons missed Monday’s win over the Lakers with knee soreness, but Vaughn said he’s hopeful Simmons can play Wednesday vs. the Celtics, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
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