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Report: Durant not recruiting free agents to Brooklyn this offseason, is that Irving related?

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Two things should have long been clear to anyone who followed Kyrie Irving Contract Saga:

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1) Irving’s best leverage in negotiations is not his considerable skill when he actually decides to play, but rather his relationship and partnership with the cornerstone of the franchise. Kevin Duran. Durant and Irving are tense, and the Nets want Durant to be happy.

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2) Many other teams would like the Nets to explode and Durant asked for a trade.

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Adrian Wojnarowski tied it all together in a story on ESPN. on a chicken game that is Irving’s contract negotiations. Voy also had some interesting new information: Durant is playing a much more passive role in bringing free agents to Brooklyn this summer.

In previous offseasons, opposing agents and players have told you about Durant’s zeal for dealing with potential free agents. According to sources, this has not happened to him yet. With the exception of Irving, the Nets’ most important free agent is a quarterback. Patty Mills, who has yet to decide whether to exercise its $7.2 million player option. Sources say the Nets’ environment has made it difficult to retain and attract role players because of the Irving drama.

We don’t know exactly who spoke to Durant this offseason and who didn’t speak to whom, and we don’t know if Durant’s quieter behavior is due to Irving’s contract status or something else. There’s a lot of speculation that the unfortunate Duran isn’t talking about his team, and the next step would be asking him out on a date. However, it’s also safe to say that if Irving did become a free agent and left and/or was forced to sign — most likely with the Knicks — it’s far more likely than a deal with any Los Angeles team. Angeles – Durant would be very unhappy.

Brooklyn can bring back the core of Durant, Irving, Ben Simmons as well as Joe Harris next season with role players like Seth CurryPatty Mills (if he agrees) and Cameron Thomas, as well as others they sign with a mid-tier taxpayer exemption and minimum contracts. This group doesn’t have much margin for error, but if something goes wrong, they become rivals. If the situation with Irving is resolved and he returns to the Nets – which is still the most likely outcome of all this drama – then perhaps Duran will help bring in some veterans to help complete the roster.

All this drama about Irving trying to build leverage after playing in 45% of Nets games since he came to Brooklyn. The Nets organization is disappointed and wants a shorter deal; Irving wants a long term contract. Right now it’s a chicken game, but the smart money is still on them to find common ground and make a deal.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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