Brooklyn Nets rumors include a possible trade for Kevin Durant. These shocking Nets rumors revolve around a plan to land Durant in the 2016 NBA offseason. According to a report from Thursday (Jan. 30), the front office is setting up its finances to be able to afford the contract of one of the best players in the league. All of this seems to require that the leading candidate for the 2014 MVP would want to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Durant is in the middle of a contract extension with the Thunder that will take him to July 1, 2016. That is a long way into the future, meaning anything could possibly happen. The team has been undertaking a concerted effort to clear the books for the 2016-17 NBA season and they have only Deron Williams under contract for that year. It is also a player option, meaning he could decide to opt out if he wants to get one more big contract through free agency. That would leave no financial obligations for the franchise to deal with.
These Brooklyn Nets rumors might seem odd, but they probably aren't the only franchise hoping to make a run at Kevin Durant when his current contract comes to an end. It's certainly possible that he gets an extension from the Oklahoma City Thunder before that happens, but allowing himself to at least reach free agency guarantees a bigger contract. The trade talk enters the equation if he ends up wanting to leave OKC, because the franchise might then have to deal him rather than lose him to free agency for nothing.
Queue the discussions about how popular a player like Durant could be if he went to the huge market of New York.
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