Nets fight free agents as if Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are back next season: report

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Brooklyn Nets They’re reportedly using free agency like they’re bringing back Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving next season, even as trade rumors engulf the organization.

Durant requested a trade from the Nets at the start of free agency last week, when there was uncertainty over whether Irving would agree to return in the final year of his contract.

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Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving during the Brooklyn Nets-Cleveland Cavaliers game on April 12, 2022 at the Barclays Center.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving during the Brooklyn Nets-Cleveland Cavaliers game on April 12, 2022 at the Barclays Center.
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After declarer agreed, that’s when Durant Trade Request word got out, and Brooklyn reportedly began eyeing both players.

But nothing happened on either side. Durant was involved in trade rumors with the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat, and Irving was mentioned as a possible part of a Russell Westbrook deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic appeared on The Pat McAfee Show and suggested that the Nets could keep both superstars.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Nets talk during a Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Barclays Center on April 8, 2022 in Brooklyn.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving of the Nets talk during a Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Barclays Center on April 8, 2022 in Brooklyn.
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“On the other hand, the Nets picked TJ Warren today. This off-season, they’re making moves and doing things, thinking about prep and work, like they’re bringing those two guys back next season and playing.” with these two guys,” Charanya said.

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“I think they are open to dialogue and open to teams like Toronto, Miami, Phoenix, making offers, but until they hit this price cap, which I was told , refers to players like “All stars”, a bunch of draft picks. this is what they tell teams: “We’re not going to move Kevin Durant until the price is met.” Well, let’s see how this summer goes.”

Charanya stressed that nothing is set in stone and it could take some time to agree on a deal.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving walk off the court after a Cleveland Cavaliers game on April 8, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving walk off the court after a Cleveland Cavaliers game on April 8, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
(Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Brooklyn is not required to trade any of the players. Durant is under contract for three more seasons. Irving has a contract. for at least one more season.