Report: Nets not the frontrunner to sign Kevin Durant
The Brooklyn Nets have been mentioned as one of the most likely destinations for both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving when free agency begins, but one report claims that may be a bit of a pipe dream.
Ian Begley of SNY.tv reported on Friday that any suggestions that the Nets are the frontrunner to sign Durant are inaccurate. The Nets appear to be the favorite to sign Kyrie Irving, and there has been a lot of talk about Durant and Irving wanting to play together. Begley’s sources, however, insist Brooklyn is not in first place in the Durant sweepstakes.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said earlier this week that the Nets are “gaining confidence” they can sign Durant, but that may have more to do with their internal thinking than Durant’s actual plans.
Durant has long been linked to the New York Knicks, and you would think the potential to rescue the most tortured franchise in the NBA would be more appealing to him than trying to lead the Nets to their first ever title. Durant already has two championship rings, and bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy back to the Knicks would probably be the best thing he could do for his legacy.
At this point, every star free agent has been linked to just about every big-market team. Durant could very well end up sticking with the Golden State Warriors, or another scenario could play out where they re-sign him even though he has no intention of playing another game for them. The speculation is only going to get louder as the start of free agency nears.