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Kyrie Irving provides Nets his preferences IF there’s no deal while Kevin Durant ‘considers options’

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Is it leverage or is it real? It’s certainly part of the negotiations.

Within four minutes Thursday afternoon, both Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania posted tweets that seems to suggest that negotiations between the Nets and Kyrie Irving may not be going well.

Woj was quick to point out that the six teams may all have interest in Irving and that everything is contingent on the final resolution of contract talks between Irving and the Nets. And Shams tweet was vague, no doubt deliberately.

The tweets could be seen as coordinated to put increasing pressure on the Nets to act with the most likely source being Irving’s camp. While Irving has until next Wednesday to inform the Nets of what he plans to do with his $36.5 million player option, Draft Night has been seen by some as an ideal time to resolve the issues associated with the talks, particularly considering how many off-season decisions are dependent on Irving’s status.

Later Thursday, Woj went on ESPN to say “I’m told that Kevin Durant has not told the Nets that if Kyrie Irving leaves, that means he’s going to ask for a trade.”

Instead, he said, Durant simply wants to know how the Nets would reconfigure if Irving does leave.

The Nets reportedly do not want to give Irving much of a guarantee with one report that they offered two years and $84 million, a far cry from the two years and $246 million fully guaranteed max contract.

As for the possible sign-and-trades, Alex Schiffer wrote earlier in the week about possible scenarios.