Kyrie to meet with Nets, expected to agree to max contract

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The long-rumored pairing of Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets appears to be imminent.

The mercurial point guard is meeting with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday in New York, with both sides said to be high on moving quickly on a four-year, $141 million agreement, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

If that agreement is reached, the Nets are expected to renounce their rights to All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell, which would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

However, Wojnarowski also reports Brooklyn is willing to work with Russell to assist him going to a team of his choice via sign-and-trade possibilities.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, if the Nets and Irving come to an agreement Sunday, it lessen's Brooklyn's chances of landing another whale in free agency, Kevin Durant. Stein reports Durant is "adamant" about making his own decision without being lobbied.

Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists in 67 games this past season. But the Celtics failed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for a third straight year, with each of the previous two coming without Irving. Record-wise, there has been no dramatic shift for the Celtics one way or the other whether Irving is playing, resting or injured.

Irving requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, following the team’s third consecutive run to the NBA Finals. The Cavs won the championship in 2016.

-- Sam Amico contributed to this report