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Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.
Albert Nahmad: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could structure their contracts as full maxes ($32.7M and $38.2M, respectively), but with $5.0M and $4.3M, respectively, as unlikely bonuses. That could save Nets $9.3M of cap room. A DeAndre Jordan 4-year, $40M contract could start as low as $9.3M.
Albert Nahmad: Warriors would create a $30.0M trade exception if they can convince the Nets to acquire Kevin Durant through a sign-and-trade rather than a straight free agent signing.
The Boardroom: Kevin Durant to sign with Brooklyn Nets.
Spencer Dinwiddie: Lol pic.twitter.com/rtTMrokbbR
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kevin Durant is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.
Kyle Kuzma: Knicks can’t catch a break lol
Six-time All-Star free agent guard Kyrie Irving is meeting with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday in New York with both sides motivated to reach a deal on a four-year, $141 million maximum contract, league sources told ESPN. Irving, who’s leaving the Boston Celtics, is a part of a bold two-part plan to acquire Irving and All-NBA forward Kevin Durant in free agency, league sources tell ESPN.
Durant remains interested with the Nets and is expected to speak with them this week, sources said. Irving and Durant have built a strong relationship.
Multiple NBA sources have indicated to Newsday that point guard Kyrie Irving is a virtual certainty to sign with the Nets, and it could happen quickly because Irving reportedly has been courting forward Kevin Durant and can signal his commitment by agreeing to a maximum-salary deal worth $141 million over four years.
Golden State’s Kevin Durant is planning to engage four teams in discussions upon the opening of NBA free agency on Sunday — the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Warriors, league sources tell ESPN.
There’s expected to be some combination of face-to-face meetings and communications by other means with Durant and his business manager, Rich Kleiman, front-office sources told ESPN. Durant’s decision-making process could extend well into next week, league sources told ESPN.
There have been some strong suggestions on television and radio recently that the Brooklyn Nets are the front runners for Kevin Durant. But that notion is not accurate. Sources familiar with the matter told SNY that the Nets are not the front runners or favorites to sign Durant at the moment.
Though the Nets clearly aren’t unaware of all the drama that went down in Boston or the reputation that precedes Irving, their dream scenario remains signing both he and Kevin Durant.
Irving, meanwhile, also recently purchased a new home in South Orange, New Jersey, but league sources say he is pressing Durant to join him with the Nets and is trying to recruit Jordan as well. Durant did have his Achilles repaired by a Nets team physician, Dr. Martin O’Malley, but the New York Post’s Mark Fischer quoted one of O’Malley’s medical colleagues warning not to read too much into that.
Now the Nets are reportedly “gaining confidence” they can land Durant, with Kendrick Perkins flatly saying on ESPN that Brooklyn is in the driver’s seat to sign his former Thunder teammate. “I think they’re the front-runner. I absolutely do. I think the Nets are the front-runner to land KD,” Perkins said on “The Jump,” with reporter Brian Windhorst joining in and saying Perkins was not the only person involved with the NBA expressing that view.
“I’m not ruling out the Knicks, but I think the Nets are the front-runners and people are not giving them their [respect],” Perkins said. “Sources tell me the Nets are the front-runner.”
The question is if they can’t land Durant, do they still want Irving? Especially if they have to lose D’Angelo Russell — their own 23-year-old homegrown All-Star — to get him? It’s a question that has turned into a civil war among the fan base. It also has become an internal debate the Nets are having right now. The Post has confirmed Brooklyn might have qualms about signing the enigmatic Irving if he isn’t bringing the injured Durant with him.
Sources close to both the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving believe they’re “close” to a done deal – if it’s not already done. Brooklyn’s goal is to nab Irving and pair him up with Kevin Durant, who will be sidelined for the duration of the 2019-2020 season. “Everything I’ve heard is that it’s a done deal,” one source close to both sides said about Kyrie and the Nets.
“I’m told KD is doing a lot of soul searching right now,” Woj said. “You know. stepping back from the injury. processing all of this. KD can go back to Golden State on a five year, $200 million plus deal that gives him absolute assurance that coming off his Achilles injury, that maybe gives him something else to think about, staying in Golden State, but Brooklyn and the Knicks are very much in the fight to get Kevin Durant.”
Anthony Puccio: I’m told Kevin Durant’s injury unlikely to impact Brooklyn’s pursuit of him. #Nets
Trevor Lane: Windhorst on ESPN says that Brooklyn is hoping to bring in Kyrie and that he will help them land his friend, Kevin Durant.
Problem is, at various points during the season, I have heard trusted insiders state with conviction that Durant is already planning to join the Knicks … and then that he is likely to consider the Nets as well … and now that he is eyeing the Clippers just as intently as New York.
While it’s possible that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving play together in 2019, the New York Knicks are reportedly not the only option. Marc Stein of the New York Times said Tuesday that the Brooklyn Nets are also in play for the All-Star duo. “[Durant and Irving] might be a package deal, but they’re going to look at the Nets just as hard as the Knicks,” Stein said on the Stephen A Smith Show.
SNY has learned that while Durant has yet to make any sort of decision, he’s interested in playing alongside the 24-year-old LeVert, who was on track for an All-Star season before suffering a dislocated foot back in November. While the hype is around KD and the Knicks, don’t sleep on their relationship. Zach Lowe of ESPN has mentioned the relationship and described how Durant loves LeVert.
Q: It sounds like you believe the rumblings out there that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving — who are constantly referred to as the Knicks’ top two targets — plan to give the Nets some consideration this summer. Jared Dudley: I would be shocked if the Nets don’t get a sit-down.
Kevin Durant will get a tour of Brooklyn from D’Angelo Russell. The Nets can only hope their star guard gets in some successful recruiting along the way. In Durant’s new video series “Fly By,” he’ll get a personal tour from three players of three different cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Brooklyn, which will get last licks. “Oh, man, I had no idea about that first of all. Listen, I really don’t want to comment on it,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said, careful to never utter Durant’s name. “There’s some players in this league who are friendly with each other, and if you want to get together and take a tour of Brooklyn, that’s great.
LeVert thinks Russell could be a selling point to Durant or other stars. “[Russell’s] played at an All-Star level. Everybody wants to play with a great point guard, a great floor general, and he’s put himself in that conversation for sure. That lessens the load for a guy like Kevin Durant or another superstar who wants to come play with us. They don’t want to be the only one on the team, so that’s very attractive that D’Angelo has elevated himself to that level to play with.”
Diamond Leung: Stephen A. Smith: “They’re doing something nice in Brooklyn…Everybody talking about (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and others) going to the New York Knicks. You know what folks have said to me? “Excuse me, we said New York, who said the Knicks?” espn.com/espnradio/play…
So how about recruiting the league’s biggest free agent to Biggie’s borough? With the league cracking down on tampering — even LeBron James is watching what he says these days — Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn’s ascendant success story at point guard, talked around a good idea. “Why would I actively recruit arguably the best player in the world to come to our team when he would fill the exact spot that we need and potentially take us from just being an eighth-, seventh-seed or so, to an Eastern Conference championship team? Oh please write this down,” Dinwiddie teased to the Daily News. “Why would I do that because then I’ll get in trouble for tampering?”
Brian Lewis: Jay Z & Roc Nation begged Durant to at least meet w/ #Nets and he said no, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. #NBAFreeAgency
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June 20, 2021 | 12:22 pm EDT Update
Justin Kubatko: Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in each of the last five games of the 2021 ECS. Antetokounmpo is the first player to record at least five such games in a row in a single playoff series since Shaquille O’Neal in the 2000 NBA Finals. pic.twitter.com/NeBtfLklzL
Chase Hughes: Giannis Antetokounmpo is heading to his 2nd conference finals already at 26 years old. MJ didn’t do that until he was 27. Jordan was 28 when he won his 1st title, so was Shaq. LeBron and Steph were 27. Despite the narrative, Giannis is at worst on schedule for an all-time great.
June 20, 2021 | 11:22 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: As expected, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie plans to decline the $12.3M player option on his 2021-2022 contract and become an unrestricted free agent, sources tell ESPN. He has a Monday deadline. Dinwiddie missed most of the season with an ACL injury.
Justin Kubatko: Giannis Antetokounmpo last night: ✅ 40 PTS ✅ 13 REB ✅ 5 AST Antetokounmpo is just the third player in NBA postseason history to record at least 40p/10r/5a in a Game 7, joining Jerry West (1969) and Tim Duncan (2006). He’s the first player to do so on a winning team. pic.twitter.com/a6NcLlxQDi