Which creates a conundrum considering Irving has a $36,503,300 player option (about $6 million below his max salary as a free agent) for next season.
Sources: NBA teams believe Nets would be open to Kyrie Irving sign-and-trade if he opts out
The big question: Have those teams been told by someone with authority that a sign-and-trade could happen? These moves are put into motion well in advance. It wouldn’t be shocking if the Nets or Irving/his agent – or both sides – are canvassing the league for sign-and-trade options.
These other teams might just be speculating/preparing – without intel – for the mere possibility of landing a talented player like Irving.