The Brooklyn Nets' dream scenario this offseason is to land free agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
It appears the Nets are close to achieving half of their goal, and that could be bad news for the Warriors.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday, through a league source, that Irving and the Nets are "motivated to move quickly toward reaching a 4-year, $141M deal" after NBA free agency opens.
Free agent Kyrie Irving is meeting with the Brooklyn Nets in New York on Sunday and both sides are motivated to move quickly toward reaching a 4-year, $141M deal, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
Now the Nets can turn their attention to Durant. On Friday, Wojnarowski reported, through league sources, that Durant is planning to engage with four teams when free agency starts, and the Nets are one of them.
So, the Nets will have a chance to make their pitch to Durant to join Irving in Brooklyn.
For months, there have been rumblings that Irving has been trying to recruit Durant to Brooklyn. According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, Irving even flew to the Bay Area during the playoffs to meet with the two-time NBA Finals MVP while he was rehabbing his right calf strain.
Durant likely will miss the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from Achilles surgery, so if he does pick Brooklyn, Irving will have to play at least one season without his friend.
With Brooklyn moving toward an agreement to bring Irving on board, that means All-Star D'Angelo Russell will have to find a new home. Wojnarowski reported, through league sources, that the Lakers have reached out to Russell's agents and the sides have “mutual interest in a reunion."
The Los Angeles Lakers reached out to D'Angelo Russell's agents at CAA -- Austin Brown and Aaron Mintz -- to set up a meeting with the All-Star guard, league sources tell ESPN. The Lakers and Russell share a mutual interest in a reunion. Lakers have the cap space to sign him.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2019
As for the Warriors, they are half way to achieving their dream goal of keeping Durant and All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson. League sources confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole on Saturday that the Warriors and Thompson will reach an agreement on a max contract.
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Will the idea of playing with Irving be a bigger draw to Durant than remaining with Thompson, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala? We'll find out in the next couple of days.