Kyrie Irving is reportedly trying to persuade fellow soon-to-be free agent Kevin Durant to join the Brooklyn Nets with him this offseason.
The Brooklyn Nets are very close to getting a championship caliber roster.
Per a report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report, Kyrie Irving is trying to persuade Kevin Durant to sign with the Nets with him. The NBA Free Agency period begins on June 30.
Reports came out this past weekend that the Nets were gaining confidence in the free agency process and were inching closer to signing Durant.
Bucher writes “Durant and Irving, league sources say, have met twice in recent weeks to discuss their desire to continue their careers on the same team, an idea forged while playing together on the U.S. national team. The first meeting took place in the Bay Area while Durant nursed a strained right calf; the second occurred in New York shortly after Durant had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.”
Durant wouldn’t be able to see the floor until the 2020-2021 season due to the injury. However, when you have the opportunity to sign a superstar such as him, it’s a risk worth taking.
Durant has the choice to opt-in with the Golden State Warriors and make $31.5 million next season. He could also opt-out and test the free agent market for a max deal, which will probably be the route he takes.
According to Bucher, Irving is already making moves ahead of signing with his potential new team.
Bucher writes “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 [DeAndre] Jordan as well.”
Jordan will also be a free agent once June 30 rolls around next week.