Posted January 30, 2014

Report: Nets will target Kevin Durant in summer of 2016

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Kevin Durant (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant is leading the league in scoring by more than four points per game. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

Kevin Durant and the Thunder will play in Brooklyn against the Nets on Friday night.

But if the Nets have their way, Durant will be calling the Barclays Center home three seasons from now.

The 25-year-old forward, who has 12 straight 30-point games, will be a free agent in the summer of 2016, and Brooklyn plans to go after him hard, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

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“The Nets could be committed to no salary when Durant becomes a free agent, depending on whether Deron Williams picks up his one-year option for the 2016-17 season. Everybody else is off the books,” Bondy writes.

Durant, who hired former Nets minority owner Jay Z as his agent last year, is averaging a career-high 31.3 points per game and is shooting 51 percent from the field this season.

Williams believes coming to Brooklyn would be a boon to Durant’s off-the-court opportunities.

“For someone like [Durant], I think it makes a bigger difference because of the endorsements he’d command in a market like this. I mean, look at what he’s already doing in Oklahoma City,” the Nets point guard said. “But at the same time, maybe he’s such a big name that it doesn’t matter where he’s at. If LeBron would’ve stayed in Cleveland, he still gets $150 [million] from Nike.”

Durant has been noncommittal when asked about his future.

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11 comments
Terry
Terry

You mean like the Knicks "targeted" LeBron James?

JizzMasterZero
JizzMasterZero

In related news, I plan on going after Kate Upton in 2016.


True Fan
True Fan

Bio: Chris Mascaro, a West Islip, NY, native, worked at Newsday on Long Island for four years, covering mostly high school sports, before coming to Columbia News Service."  There's your writer so consider the source.

DSM
DSM

Duh--who wouldn't go after KD, a fabulous player and excellent teammate?  


I think the key to Durant's decision will be whether OKC can afford to build a champion.  Otherwise, he will have to deal with all the idiots doubting his alltime greatness because he he did not win any or enough titles.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

When will pro athletes wake up and realize that living and playing NYC is a tax disaster? A player needs to make 50% more just to break even. I doubt Durant will leave OKC. They will be able to pay him far more than anyone else and he can retire a godlike legend there. Why deal with the hostile NYC media and the fickle fans? One bad game and they will turn on a player.

JubJub
JubJub

This whole issue of "marketing opportunities" is a canard.  We're not living in 1965 anymore.  How you play and act is much more important than where you play.  Durant has a ton of marketing opportunities in OKC because he's got game coming out of his ears and because he conducts himself like a gentleman.  Carmelo doesn't seem to have any more marketing opportunities in NYC than he had in Denver because he's overrated and not particularly likable.  


Look at guys like Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, who have had more marketing opportunities than just about anyone while never playing in a major market.  


I swear, these NBA cliches are very tiresome and constantly peddled by writers who are incapable of forming coherent thoughts.  

Joe R2
Joe R2

Report:  20 other teams will also pursue Kevin Durant in 2016.  Thanks SI!

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Durant is actually a superstar who benefits from low key small market like OKC. The way he carries himself and represents the Thunder brand, you can tell heis loyal and even with a switch to Jay-z as an agent, I just cant see him jilting the Thunder and leaving when they have given him everything they can to succeed, except for the Harden trade which still baffles me and not unloading Perkins and not giving Ibaka that kind of cash, to go to the supposed big lights of New York and Brooklyn. Tings arent exactly that great and cant foresee it being in the summer of 16.

JubJub
JubJub

@Joe R2 Agreed.  Stories like this are massively idiotic, and they always seem to involved teams from the NY/NJ area.  


Yet somehow, I never actually see NY/NY teams get anyone who has real value.  The Knicks got an overrated Carmelo and a broken-down A'Mare.  Hooray for them.  They suck.  The Nets got two formerly great players who are now senior citizens, a grossly overpaid Joe Johnson and a Deron Williams who has proven that he's nowhere near as good as we thought he was.  Nice work.  They suck, too.


These stories are completely moronic.  

tootallgoof
tootallgoof

@Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask  The Harden trade made sense since to win a championship you need some defense along with offense.   Since scoring is not an issue for the team, Ibaka fit a need much more than Harden did.   

Besides two firsts (one became Perry Jones) a second, Lamb and cap space (Martin) is fair for Harden.   For a team to complete long term you can not have 3 huge contracts and fill the rest with scrap.  Depth is important and this trade provided depth and future flexibility.   If the Thunder spent like the Lakers, having all three would not be an issue but they can not do that.