Sources say that if the Nets can't agree on terms for him to stay in Brooklyn, Irving has created a list of teams he'd like to work with on a sign-and-trade.
The Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Philadelphia 76ers are on that list. According to sources, none of the teams have the cap space to sign Irving without Brooklyn agreeing to a sign-and-trade, and some of them aren't interested in acquiring him.
Irving has until June 29 to decide if he will opt into the final year of his four-year max contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He will be an unrestricted free agent in July 2023 if he does, and he will be on a $36.9 million contract for next season.
Irving will be an unrestricted free agent next month if he opts out of his current contract with the Nets.
Irving and the Nets have the ability to discuss the possibility of Irving extending his contract with the franchise. They can't talk about the framework of a new contract until free agency starts.