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RUMOR: Kevin Durant, Nets looking to steal former lottery pick from Magic

Kevin Durant, Markelle Fultz, Otto Porter Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., Nets

After an ultimately disappointing end to their 2020-21 campaign, it’s no secret that the Brooklyn Nets are looking to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season. According to reports, the Nets have turned their attention to one particular Orlando Magic player that happens to be a former Top 3 pick.

Tony Jones of The Athletic reports that the Nets could land Otto Porter Jr. via free agency, with the 28-year-old thought to be “leaning toward” a move to join Kevin Durant and Co. in Brooklyn.

This is not the first time the Nets have been linked to a move for Porter, who himself was selected third overall by the Washington Wizards back in the 2013 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-8 forward has bounced around the league over the past couple of seasons, with the Magic being his third team in the last two years.

Porter’s current deal has come to an end, which will officially make him a free agent come Monday night. In 2017, the former Georgetown standout penned a massive $106.5 million contract with the Washington Wizards for four years. Given how Porter has struggled to stay healthy over the past couple of seasons, he is likely to take a significant pay cut in his next deal.

It does not seem like any team in the league will be willing to offer Porter an annual salary in the range of $28 million — which is how much he earned last year — which provides the Nets with a real opportunity to try and sign Porter on a discount.