Recently, 2x NBA champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant signed a 4-year $198M extension with the Brooklyn Nets. The front office has no doubts about having their Big 3 onboard for a long time. Thus they are very keen to extend both Kyrie Irving's and James Harden's contracts.
The Nets had a successful 2020-21 season. But, injuries got the better of them, especially in Irving's and Harden's case. In what many believe, the Nets would have been champions if they had a healthy roster.
Former NBA champion Kyrie Irving had signed a 4-year $136M deal with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2019-20 offseason. That would make him an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
As per reports, the Nets are planning on an extension with the 7x All-Star that would be a 4-year $198M deal. "Uncle Drew" could also sign a 5-year $235M deal in 2022 as a restricted free agent.
James Harden was the most important piece missing in the Big 3 puzzle. After playing 9 seasons with the Houston Rockets, Harden decided to part ways with the franchise that had him forcing his way out.
The 3x scoring champion was then traded to the Nets, reuniting with his former OKC teammate Durant. Harden has 2 more seasons at the Barclays Center before he becomes a free agent.
However, the Nets management wants to waste no time and is looking for a 3-year $161M extension with the former MVP.
The Brooklyn team would end up spending a fortune if they can provide extensions to the Big 3. An estimate of $541M has been projected if the Nets sign the above extensions.
The Big 3 would definitely take a major chunk of the Nets cap space. Thus the team would need to figure out a way to build around them, ensuring some important draft picks and signing efficient role players on minimum contracts.
In the current offseason, the Nets signed Patty Mills to a 2-years $12M contract, adding depth to their shooting. The former Spurs player is a career 42.9% shooter from the field and 38.8% shooter from the 3-point line.
Players such as Blaker Griffin, Bruce Brown, and James Johnson have signed minimum contracts with the team, giving them ample cap space to keep their Big 3 intact.