Kyrie Irving reportedly at an ‘impasse’ with the Nets, could test open market

In a dramatic final round at The Country Club in Brookline, Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick emerged victorious at the US Open on Sunday. 

Fitzpatrick finished at six under par, one stroke ahead of Americans Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris.

Elsewhere, the Red Sox defeated the Cardinals 6-4. Nick Pivetta pitched seven innings for Boston, allowing just one run and striking out 10. Tonight, the Red Sox host the Tigers at 7:10 p.m.

Also on Sunday, the Revolution overcame a 1-0 first half deficit to defeat Minnesota United 2-1. New England is now unbeaten in its last eight games.

The latest on Kyrie Irving: In April, the Celtics eliminated Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and the Nets from the playoffs in a first-round sweep.

Following the defeat, Irving — who has a player option for the 2022-2023 season with Brooklyn — told reporters that he didn’t “really plan on going anywhere.”

According to a recent report, however, the situation may have changed. “Conversations about Irving’s future have gone stagnant between him and the Nets,” wrote Shams Charania of The Athletic, citing multiple sources.

“An impasse currently exists among the parties that clears the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider the open marketplace, those sources said.”

Irving, 30, left Boston to sign with Brooklyn in 2019. Should he hit free agency, the 2016 NBA champion would attract major interest. Per Charania, the Lakers, Knicks, and Clippers would all be in the running. 

Because of the salary cap implications, it’s reportedly likely that an Irving exit would be handled with a sign-and-trade scenario. Trivia: Kyrie Irving was the first overall pick in 2011. Can you name the last pick in the first round (30th overall) of that draft?

An enjoyable interview with Bill Foster: After decades of trying, Bill Foster (caddie for Matt Fitzpatrick) finally has a major championship. He celebrated the moment by kissing the flag on the 18th hole.