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The Brooklyn Nets are already looking towards next season and could make some noise in free agency this summer.

The Brooklyn Nets are out of the playoffs thanks to the Philadelphia 76ers, but that won’t deter them. According to Anthony Puccio of SNY, the team will not only be active in this year’s free agency market, but big names could be mutually interested in Brooklyn.

“They exceeded expectations and the playoffs further showed why the Nets are going to be considered by marquee free agents around the league, according to league sources,” Puccio wrote.

Per Spotrac, the Nets have over $54.6 million available in practical cap space. That certainly puts them in the market for one of this year’s expected max free agents like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, among others. Although if star point guard and restricted free agent D’Angelo Russell re-signs with the team on a max deal, that complicates Brooklyn’s hopes at acquiring a player like Durant or Irving.

Money aside, though, the Nets would be a great destination for free agents who want to win now. Brooklyn won 42 games this year after just 28 during the 2017-18 season. The core is built to win with the addition of a superstar.

Joe Harris is a deadly shooter. Jarrett Allen is well on his way to becoming a dominant young center. Spencer Dinwiddie is incredibly fun to watch. Caris LeVert has All-Star potential if he can stay healthy.

Simply put, the New York Knicks’ front office had better temper its expectations. They may be a step away from winning, but the Nets already have that covered without top free agents.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.