Atlantic Notes: Tsai, Irving, Nets, Celtics, Thybulle

From Thursday evening nets owner Joe Tsai supported the general manager Sean Marks’ decision not to offer Kyrie Irving a maximum extension, according to SNYtv’s Ian Begley. Irving has by June 29 to decide whether to exercise his $36.5 million player option for next season, and the two sides appear to be far apart in the negotiations.

Should Irving go, it could prompt Kevin Durant to take a further look at his situation with the nets, as we previously shared. Irving was not vaccinated this season, so he only appeared in 29 games due to New York City’s vaccination requirement. He averaged 27.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists on those appearances, and shot 47%.

We have other notes from the Atlantic Division to share:

  • HoopsHype’s Yossi Gozlan takes a look at how Irving’s list of interested teams can win him over. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link), Irving is interested in joining the Lakers, Clippers, Heat, Knicks, Mavericks and Sixers.
  • Yammadar won’t play for them anymore Celts during the summer league, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe tweets. Madar, Boston’s number 47 in 2020, will use this time to focus on his commitments for the Israel national team. The Celtics bring in free agent Big Man Mfiondu Kabengele to Las Vegas, however Himmelsbach tweets.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey examines how Matisse Thybulle will be remembered when traded by the sixes this off-season. Thybulle, a defensive winger, started 50 of his 66 games for the team last season.

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