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The Brooklyn Nets are going to be busy in free agency in 2022, but we have no idea what will happen next. Kyrie Irving opted into his $37 million player option, but the whole thing is imploding in Brooklyn anyway. Kevin Durant is requesting a trade and the future is uncertain.

Kevin Durant requests a trade.

Three years ago, the Nets made a “clean sweep” in free agency by signing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Now, both players appear to be halfway out the door with one playoff series to show for it. Organizational catastrophe is an understatement.

Kyrie Irving opts in.

When push came to shove, Kyrie Irving blinked, but it likely won’t matter. If Brooklyn is trading Durant, Irving is likely next.


Patty Mills opts out, re-signs anyway.

Patty Mills opted out of his deal, but he’s re-upping with Brooklyn for two years and $14.5 million. If nothing else, this gives Brooklyn a solid veteran to build around whoever they receive in trades for Durant and Irving.

RFA Nic Claxton signs a two-year deal.

Even with all the fallout surrounding Durant and Irving, there are positives for the Nets. Sure, Nic Claxton isn’t a franchise changer, but he’s a promising, versatile big man who deserves to stick around. He’s back for two years and $20 million.

TJ Warren inks a one-year deal.

The Nets are buying low on TJ Warren, who has missed all but four games with injuries over the last two seasons. The last time we saw a fully-healthy Warren was in the NBA Bubble, where he was named to the NBA’s first-team All-Bubble.

Nets sign Edmond Sumner.

Brooklyn is buying low on another injury-prone Pacer. Edmond Sumner is coming in on what is likely a low-risk contract.

Kessler Edwards comes back on a multi-year deal.

Kessler Edwards was a bright spot for the Nets amid last season’s ups and downs. The Pepperdine product was a second-round draft pick playing on a two-way contract but proved himself in his limited minutes. He fits the archetype of a reliable 3-and-D player.

More to come on these Nets free agency updates. Check out ESNY’s Knicks free agency tracker as well.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.