Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent at the end of this season and the Nets may already be angling for an edge in their pursuit of the superstar.
Brooklyn has hired Adam Harrington, according to NBA.com's David Alridge. Harrington formerly served as both Oklahoma City's shooting coach and Durant's personal trainer.
Aldridge says Harrington is the one who helped Durant perfect his Dirk Nowitzki-style, one-legged fadeaway.
I guess it can't hurt, right? Harrington has a dearth of experience from around the world, as well as eight NBA seasons under his belt. So in a vacuum, it seems like a smart hire. But when you take into account the possible-intended consequences, it certainly is intriguing.
Will this be enough to make Durant look seriously at Brooklyn? I don't know. I imagine there will be teams in far better situations (Boston, for one) that will be all-in to try to lure KD away from the Thunder. For Durant, it's all a matter of where he thinks he can make the most impact, both on the court and brand-wise.
The New York market is polarizing among athletes and not all guys want the big spotlight on them, so who knows. This could be a little stroke of genius or much ado about nothing. Only time will tell where Durant winds up.