According to SNY, which cited unidentified sources, the Nets are “not the front-runners or favorites to sign Durant at the moment.”
The Nets are no longer front-runners to sign Kevin Durant.
Durant, who has been linked to a number of teams as he gets ready to explore free agency, recently sold his Malibu mansion and has been spotted around New York. This added fuel to rumors that Durant would land in the city, however, according to SportsNet New York, it might not be the Nets.
According to SNY, which cited unidentified sources familiar with the situation, the Nets are “not the front-runners or favorites to sign Durant at the moment.”
This adds yet another layer to a situation Durant doesn’t even have the answer to yet.
According to The Athletic, Durant has not decided if he wants to even take meetings with teams looking to add the two-time NBA Finals MVP to their rosters.
Kevin Durant has not yet decided whether he will actually take meetings with prospective teams when free agency begins Sunday evening, but if he and his group do, the discussions will be in New York City, per source.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 27, 2019
Even though the 10-time All-Star will likely miss all of the 2019-20 season rehabbing a ruptured Achilles, suitors appear willing to give Durant a max contract and as Brooklyn reportedly leaves the picture, the other New York team steps up as the front-runner.
The Knicks still believe they have a chance to land Durant, according to SNY.
But his injury is still a concern for New York.
An earlier ESPN report noted that Knicks owner James Dolan is urging team executives to use “caution” regarding Durant’s Achilles and wants to see test results and his projected prognosis.
As free agency is set to begin at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, the Knicks have plenty of cap space to sign the star. They are also believed to be looking at Kawhi Leonard among others.