Ian Begley, SNY.tv | Twitter |
There have been some strong suggestions on television and radio recently that the Brooklyn Nets are the front runners for Kevin Durant.
But that notion is not accurate. Sources familiar with the matter told SNY that the Nets are not the front runners or favorites to sign Durant at the moment.
Durant, according to The Athletic, has not yet decided if he'll meet with teams when free agency starts on Sunday night. But if he does, those meetings will take place in New York, according to the website.
The Knicks still believe they have a chance to land Durant. ESPN reported recently that the Nets and Clippers are believed to be in consideration for Durant as well, as is a return to Golden State.
Only Durant and those closest to him know if he favors one team over others at this point. But again, per sources, the idea that the Nets are currently the front runners for Durant is not accurate.
Golden State can offer Durant a five year deal worth roughly $220 million. Other suitors, including the Knicks, Nets and Clippers, can offer Durant a four-year deal worth $164 million.
Durant suffered a torn Achilles during the Finals and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season, per ESPN.
There is no reason to believe that any of the teams chasing Durant would not offer him a max contract. However, last week, SNY and other outlets reported that the Knicks would like to get more information on Durant's injury during their pursuit of him.