Caris LeVert says D’Angelo Russell makes Nets attractive to Kevin Durant, other superstars
The Brooklyn Nets play in the league’s biggest media market, boast pristine new playing and practice facilities, and have proven themselves as one of the most well-run organizations in the NBA since general manager Sean Marks came aboard in 2016. Coach Kenny Atkinson’s team is clearly on the rise, too, poised for a playoff berth this season just two years removed from winning 20 games.
Still, there’s a sense around the league that Brooklyn — flush with cap space this summer — won’t be a preferred destination for the game’s top free agents.
Caris LeVert, for his part, can’t understand why. The herky-jerky playmaker believes superstar free agents, like Kevin Durant, for instance, will be enticed to sign with the Nets by the presence of promising young players like himself, standout sophomore center Jarrett Allen, and first-time All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell.
“I don’t think superstars, especially Kevin, want to be the one who has to carry the whole team, the full load on his own,” LeVert said, per Brian Lewis of the New York Post. “He’s in his 30s now, so he definitely wants to go to a team that has a good core, has a good culture, has good guys on the team, and we fit all those categories.
“[Russell’s] played at an All-Star level. Everybody wants to play with a great point guard, a great floor general, and he’s put himself in that conversation for sure,” LeVert continued. “That lessens the load for a guy like Kevin Durant or another superstar who wants to come play with us. They don’t want to be the only one on the team, so that’s very attractive that D’Angelo has elevated himself to that level to play with.”
D’Angelo Russell, by the way, will give Kevin Durant a virtual tour of Brooklyn on an upcoming episode of “Fly By,” the Golden State Warriors superstar’s new video series.
Don’t read too much into the two-time Finals MVP’s interest in Brooklyn, though, Nets fans; Durant’s series will also include player-led tours of Los Angeles and San Francisco.