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Sean Marks whiffed on promised contract extensions for Irving, Harden

Oct 14, 2021 0 comments


Sean Marks rarely speaks out of pocket, but this summer when he expected both Kyrie Irving and James Harden to accept contract extension offers before training camp, it had Nets fans giddy.

Brooklyn went to and from San Diego for training camp without so much as a deal. Harden said all the right things regarding his future with the Nets, but instead of putting pen to paper, the shooting guard wants to focus on his team's championship goals and enjoy the ride this season.

Harden has never truly been a free agent and stands to net a lucrative deal even if he remains with the Nets as he intends.

As for Irving, he was a no show during Nets Media day due to failing to meet vaccine requirements. The floor general joined via Zoom to shed light on his unvaccinated status which at the time of this article remains unchanged.

Irving was originally allowed to play in the team's road games and Brooklyn found a loophole to allow him to practice with the club at HSS Training facility since it was considered a private facility. 

After Marks, Steve Nash and Joe Tsai met to discuss Irving's situation, it was determined they would not allow a part-time player on the roster. Thus, Irving remains away from the team with reports that a trade or retirement could potentially be looming despite him rebuffing these claims.

Marks had several things out of control develop after he issued an encouraging declaration that the Nets big three would be signed, sealed and delivered by training camp.  The GM usually carefully measures his words regarding player contracts, injuries, and roster decisions, but Marks got caught counting his chicks before they hatched in this situation.


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