Could Kevin Durant Join the Brooklyn Nets In 2016?

By Mike B. Ruiz
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In today’s NBA, there’s no such thing as looking too far ahead in terms of top-flight free agents-to-be. Just ask LeBron James all about that.

Now we can add Kevin Durant to that list. The 25-year-old superstar that sources have recently reported the Brooklyn Nets will hope to sign and build around if things don’t change and he does, in fact, become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016 when his current contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder is set to expire.

I don’t know about you, but right now I’m liking Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s chances of winning that fight over anyone else who would choose to throw their hat in the ring. It doesn’t seem like the worst bet in the world at this point. Not by any means whatsoever.

It all starts with Prokhorov’s aggressive owning nature displayed over the last two seasons in Brooklyn. He’s spent so much money on constructing those teams that other owners probably wonder if he understands that he’ll have to pay an enormous luxury tax bill as the penalty.

Don’t expect Prokhorov’s rather excessive check-signing to stop anytime soon, especially not when the only player the Nets will have under contract, entering the 2016-17 season, as of now, will be Deron Williams.

Of course, everyone would expect the even bigger markets that the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers occupy to have the upper hand on the Nets when it comes to landing such a huge name, but with as dysfunctional as they’ve both been over recent memory, having confidence in them isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world to do at this moment.

Finally, there are the monumental differences between Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, which are basically comparable to the differences between the moon and the earth. If Durant wants to be an even more recognizable star than he already is, leaving OKC for New York’s second biggest borough would be the perfect way to get it done.

There’s still a good portion of this season to be played, but why not entertain Durant and his potential plans for the summer of 2016 in the meantime?

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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