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YES Network, Sarah Kustok finalizing new deal after Clippers made a pitch for her

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Whew.

The YES Network will keep Sarah Kustok as its Nets primary analyst, reports Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. The two sides “are finishing up a multi-year deal,” reports Marchand.

The contract talks follow a concerted effort by the Clippers to steal her away from KD and Kyrie and have her analyze Kawhi and PG, writes Marchand...

The Clippers attempted to sign the fast-rising Kustok to be their new TV analyst, even making her an offer. Kustok was, in essence, a restricted free agent, as she still had one more year on her deal. YES was in their rights to not even let her talk to Los Angeles.

But YES did let her negotiate and the Clippers made her an offer. YES, though, came back with a counter and the two sides are finishing up a multi-year deal..

Kustok who came to Brooklyn from Chicago seven years ago, was appointed primary analyst in for Nets games on YES in 2017, becoming the first woman analyst in the NBA. Prior to that, the 37-year-old Kustok had been the sideline reporter for YES. She has also branched out in the last year, working various FOX Sports assignments.

“It is always an honor to be considered for another opportunity in the business,” Kustok told The Post, but she didn’t go into details about the Clippers’ recruitment.

After the Post report, the Nets on YES twitter account posted this...

Kustok wasn’t the only Nets analyst pursued by L.A. Marchand reports the Clippers also had talks with Richard Jefferson, too, “but he too likes YES and is on the rise at ESPN.”

The Clippers did come away with something. Noah Eagle, Ian’s son and recent Syracuse graduate, will be the Clips’ radio play-by-play announcer, according to the Los Angeles Times. Noah has called games for the last two years on NBA TV and most recently worked in a play-by-play role at the Las Vegas Summer League.