The Brooklyn Nets are entering what has been described by some as the most important free agency of their history, and the franchise knows very well what they have to do in order to get their desired assets. However, that might not be an easy task seeing how cautious about his potential new team one of their targets have been in recent days.
If everything works out for the Nets this free agency, Kenny Atkinson would have one of the best rosters in the league, which would feature the likes of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and DeAndre Jordan. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the current Nets' "goals center" on putting together their own version of a big three with the three aforementioned players leading the franchise.
While Irving is reportedly set to join the Nets, he might have been doing some recruitment work during the offseason, with reports indicating Kyrie was trying to persuade both Durant and Jordan to join him at Barclays Center. Brian Lewis of the New York Post reported on Tuesday that Irving is "leaning toward" signing a four-year, $141 million deal with the Nets once the free-agent moratorium period ends next July 6.
Once Kyrie is in, the quest to sign Durant begins, as the forward has stated he ‘can’t be recruited’ and is not trying to partner up with anybody this free agency. However, it appears as if he's deciding on one of four possible destinations. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, KD will meet with the Nets, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Nets know they might not be in the best position on Durant’s list, therefore they have created a plan to try to convince the two-time NBA Finals MVP to join them. In fact, Marc Stein of the New York Times claimed that the Nets were exploring signing DeAndre Jordan and using his friendship with Durant as a way to convince the 10-time All-Star to go play with them.
Brooklyn has a very good core right now and they only need one or two stars who can lead them to the top spots. Even if Durant misses the whole 2019/20 season, Irving and Jordan will carry this team and take it to fight for the Eastern Conference throne while KD recovers from a ruptured Achilles.
Still, this is a long shot to take for the Nets, but we’ve learned that crazy stuff can happen in the NBA; perhaps this will end up being one of those.