(via The New York Times)

The New York Knicks struck out on the draft lottery Tuesday evening, but there still lies plenty of hope in free agency, where the Knicks are expected to be major players for several top-target free agents.

The most notable of these targets are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, whose connection with the Knicks have been spread for months now. But for the pair of stars, do their hearts lie in the Knicks, or does it lie in New York?

According to a quote by the New York Times’ Marc Stein, they might be just as inclined to sign with the Nets as they will for the Knicks.

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.

The Nets have come a long way since the failed Paul Pierce, Kevin Garrnet experiment. Through a series of moves, they have built a solid roster around D’Angelo Russell and made the playoff last season as a 6th seed.

With enough cap-space, the Nets can make a very compelling case to their respective free agents. We should not count them out of the race for the top stars, including Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.