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Jared Dudley ‘would be shocked’ if Nets don’t get a sit-down with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in free agency

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Brooklyn Nets veteran small forward Jared Dudley “would be shocked” if the franchise doesn’t get a sit-down with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in free agency this summer.

The Nets will have cap space this summer to sign two max contract players. Brooklyn made the playoffs this season and has a bright future with Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson leading the organization.

Dudley believes the Nets are one superstar away from becoming a serious contender in the NBA.

“I would be shocked if the Nets don’t get a sit-down (with Kyrie and KD),” Dudley told Marc Stein of the New York Times. “It’s just set up for one All-Star player to come in and take this team from a six seed to a two seed within one year.

“They have the infrastructure — good owner, good G.M., good coach. The practice facility is one of the best in the league. The arena is one of the best in the league. You’ve got draft picks, cap space, you’re in New York City. And the young talent — when it comes to 25 and under, if it’s not the best talent in the league it’s second or third.”

Both Durant and Irving become unrestricted free agents this summer. Irving is from the New Jersey area. David Griffin, who worked with Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers, has said he thinks Irving prefers to sign with the Nets over the New York Knicks.

Durant and Nets forward Caris LeVert are very close. LeVert has called Durant his “big brother.”