Report: Nets will target Kevin Durant in summer of 2016
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.
“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.