Nets may now be fron­trun­ners to sign Du­rant

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Jon Becker, The Mer­cury News

The lat­est turn in the Kevin Du­rant free-agent sweep­stakes has the Golden State War­riors star headed di­rectly to­ward the Brook­lyn Nets.

Ac­cord­ing to ESPN’s Brian Wind­horst, the Nets are now more hope­ful than ever they’ll be able to con­vince both Du­rant and Bos­ton Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irv­ing to sign with Brook­lyn af­ter free agency starts on June 30.

Irv­ing, who isn’t ex­pected back in Bos­ton, is con­sid­ered the most likely of the two to join Brook­lyn. But, a pack­age deal is po­ten­tially there.

“The Nets are gain­ing con­fi­dence that they can pull this off,” Wind­horst said Fri­day on “The Jump,” re­fer­ring to Brook­lyn’s bid to cre­ate two max con­tract spots and have Du­rant and Irv­ing fill them. “They’ve made three moves in the last week ... they’re right there for a sec­ond (max) slot.”

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