NBA Rumor: Kevin Durant Free Agency

1,231 rumors in this storyline

Kevin Durant: Brooklyn my final stop

2 months ago via SLAM
Kevin Durant doesn’t plan on leaving the Brooklyn Nets anytime soon. In an interview with Dorell Wright on The Player Tribune’s Text Message Talk Show, the 32-year-old superstar says that “as of today” the Nets will be the last stop for him. Durant, who has played in the league for 12 seasons, signed a four-year, $164 million contract with Brooklyn in the 2019 offseason. By the time the deal expires, he’ll be 34-years-old and young enough to secure one more lucrative contract.

More Rumors in this Storyline

“You know how committed I am to Andre,” Gores said. “We both know the process. I said it many times, he’s very underrated in a lot of ways, for that he does. Culturally, he’s been so good for this team, just in terms of his attitude. I met him when he was 18, just watching him grow up, I’m real proud of him. “We’re committed to each other, but we just got to run the process. Everybody is talking at a business level. We have a lot of respect for each other. It’s early.”
1 year ago via ESPN

Irving’s contract is especially interesting: eight separate incentives — $125,000 each, all deemed “unlikely” — and thus not included in Irving’s current cap hit. Irving’s initial salary for 2019-20 is $31,720,000 — exactly $1 million short of his maximum. Hitting all eight bonuses would make up the difference.

Dennis Smith Jr. wasn’t surprised Irving, Durant and even DeAndre Jordan chose the Nets. Jordan was Smith’s teammate in Dallas and New York last season. “I wasn’t surprised, to be honest with you. People in the league talk anyway. They just keep it private. People in the league talk,” Smith said. “They’re great players but I like what we have, to be honest with you. I know there are a lot of hecklers out there and talking this that and the third. But I like what we have and I’m not really concerned with what’s going on in Brooklyn.”

“Finally, he got his own team,” Perkins said of the move to Brooklyn. “It was time for him to leave Golden State.” Durant will play alongside Kyrie Irving, an All-Star who helped LeBron James win an NBA title in Cleveland before becoming the face of the Celtics — where it didn’t pan out. “I love it for KD. It’s great for KD and Kyrie to be in the New York area,” Perkins said. “I have no doubt they will co-exist. Kyrie needs to be able to play freely and just be himself and let KD be the leader and the playmaker. I think Kyrie will fall in line. After he left Cleveland he called ‘Bron to apologize to him. He realized that he is not that dude and that he needs to play alongside a guy like KD.”

Stephen Curry flew straight to the New York area from Shanghai, China. But he wasn’t going to pitch Kevin Durant on why he should stay with the Warriors. It was already too late. He was on the plane when the news broke that Durant was leaving for Brooklyn. And Curry didn’t turn the jet around or cancel the trip. Because it wasn’t about recruiting. It was about respect. It was about thanks. It was easy to presume that if anyone could sway Durant, Curry would be the one. The point guard has been the Warriors’ biggest magnet, drawing the key pieces to the dynasty, including Durant and Andre Iguodala and coach Steve Kerr. It was Curry’s mojo that built this. It was his stamp of approval that sealed Durant’s arrival. His trip to New York was seen as a last-ditch effort to keep Durant.

Neither Curry nor Durant responded to requests for comment. But what was probably unsaid, though, was what could have been. This moment illustrated one of the reasons, perhaps a significant one, Durant left — because Curry and Durant never really got to become Curry and Durant. It might have been the only thing that truly could have kept Durant in the Bay. “He wanted that type of relationship,” said one source friendly with Durant. “It just didn’t work out like that.”

The next time Kevin Durant plays in an NBA game, he will be wearing a Brooklyn Nets uniform, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Durant planned to make a formal announcement Sunday on The Boardroom’s Instagram channel. Regardless, this brings a quick resolution to the 10-time All-Star’s free-agent decision. It is a max salary deal for four years, $164.3 million.
1 year ago via ESPN

Durant and Leonard are planning to talk with each of those teams once free agency opens Sunday at 6 PM ET, league sources said. Leonard and Durant are each planning discussions and meetings with several teams, but only Clippers and Knicks are in alignment with salary cap space and common interest to sign both players. Brooklyn could conceivably house both, but a more likely scenario would be Durant and point guard Kyrie Irving signing as free agents with the Nets. Brooklyn is firmly Irving’s focus in free agency, league sources said.

KD-Kawhi banding together?

Rival executives told The Athletic they believe Durant has considered a possible partnership with Leonard throughout the pre-free agency process so far. For the Clippers a potential duo of Leonard and Durant is the pitch they believe will trump any others — including Brooklyn’s. Around the rest of the league, several deals should be completed upon the start of free agency on Sunday afternoon, but most of the available players are awaiting decisions from the players at the top.

Meanwhile, All-Star Kyrie Irving is fully focused on a potential deal with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources have told The Athletic. League sources say the Nets’ goals center upon forming a trio of Irving, Durant and free-agent center DeAndre Jordan. That is part of the intrigue in Brooklyn, the ability to take one commitment from Irving and turn it into the capability to sign all three. A trio of that magnitude should compete for multiple NBA championships in the Eastern Conference.

Regardless of Durant’s uncertain future, he is expected to miss at least next season because of his surgically repaired right Achilles tendon. Despite Thompson’s expected return with the Warriors, he will likely sit out a significant chunk to heal his left knee. “I feel positive vibes with them. That’s a given,” Iguodala said. “When we’re communicating, it’s not just on a teammate level. It’s on a friendship level and making sure we’re all good in a good place. I got good vibes with the guys.”

The Knicks would still sign Durant as a solo act, per league source, willing to swallow another lousy season developing prospects while being opportunistic in the trade market. But the Knicks have to be nervous about the influence of Irving, who could pull Durant to Brooklyn, leaving the Knicks empty handed and the world wondering (again) why they made the Porzingis trade in the first place.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Zach Lowe asked ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski if there has been a breakdown in trust between KD and the Warriors. “If there were a breakdown in trust, you would imagine that Kevin Durant’s camp and the Warriors would not be in communication. And they have been in communication,” Woj said. “They have talked. “Their ability to be able to talk through whatever potential issues there are in trying to go forward, I think those lines of communication are open. Does he stay? I think that conversation has yet to really happen between Durant, Rich Kleiman, Bob Myers and the organization. “I do think there’s gonna be a point here where they do talk before free agency starts. But there’s no indication that they have been shunned by KD. I don’t believe that’s the case.”
1 year ago via ESPN

“There’s no recruiting,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told ESPN recently, regarding the topic of Durant and Thompson’s respective futures. “We’re not doing any videos and tours of the city. Basically it’s a ‘We want you back and we hope you decide to come back and see what happens,’ but we’re at a different place now,” Kerr said. “But any time you’re trying to retain your own players, I think the song and dance, the pomp and circumstance is unnecessary and I actually think it’s unnecessary even for other players. You just got to do what you got to do, but with our group it’s just — conversation.”
More HoopsHype Rumors
November 28, 2020 | 9:34 pm EST Update
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is both and he agreed to sign with the Knicks on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, according to a source. The forward has a long association with Knicks top executive Worldwide Wes, who grew up with Kidd-Gilchrist’s mother and is referred to as ‘Uncle Wes’ by the 27-year-old. “We’re so close he calls my mom ‘Mom,’” Kidd-Gilchrist’s mother, Cindy Richardson, said about Worldwide Wes leading up to the 2012 draft.
Storyline: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Free Agency