Brooklyn Nets Destined For Success in Free Agency?

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If Durant chooses another team, he is eligible for a four-year, $164 million contract.

The Warriors can offer Thompson a five-year, $190 million max contract.

But round and round it goes, who has the edge, no one really knows.

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 NY team steps up as the front-runner.

It would make sense for him to return to the Clippers, who are poised to be real players in this free agency period. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst report that Green is open to signing a new contract before he becomes a free agent, and the two sides are expected to discuss an extension later in the offseason. The news rocked the basketball world as the idea of a big three involving Leonard, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis would be a collection of talent on par (if not better on paper) than some of the greatest superteams ever assembled. They want to win, but that's not the only consideration.

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As for Durant specifically, this may be the trickiest tale in free agency history. Most expect the injury to have a long-lasting impact.

That's exactly what's happening now with superstar Kevin Durant.

The Los Angeles Lakers have not been much associated with the name of Kevin Durant, but they have a pretty solid chance.

If Thompson is somehow available to the Lakers, he is perhaps one of the few players they should offer a full max deal to. If Durant does, the meetings will take place in NY, where he is rehabilitating his Achilles injury.

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