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Report: Nets strongly believe they are the front runners to sign Kyrie Irving once free agency starts

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The Brooklyn Nets reportedly strongly believe they are the front runners to sign Kyrie Irving once free agency starts, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Irving becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer once he declines his 2019-20 player option with the Boston Celtics. The six-time All-Star not only grew up in New Jersey, but the Nets were his favorite team as a kid.

Irving signed with Roc Nation Sports last week, the sports agency group founded by rapper and former Nets part-owner Jay-Z. Brooklyn has cap space to sign two max contract players this summer.

Golden State Warriors superstar small forward Kevin Durant is also with Roc Nation Sports. Even though KD is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season after tearing his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the expectation is that the Nets will still sign Durant this summer if he wants to play in Brooklyn with Irving.

If Irving does in fact sign with the Nets, Brooklyn will likely renounce the free agent rights to D’Angelo Russell, making him an unrestricted free agent. There have been a few reports stating the Nets wouldn’t mind pairing Kyrie with Russell, though. The situation clearly remains fluid.