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REPORT: Kevin Durant recruiting Raptors free agent Serge Ibaka to Nets

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Kevin Durant is doing everything he can to make sure his debut season with the Brooklyn Nets goes as planned. With the former league MVP slowly coming back to 100 percent after rupturing his Achilles in 2018, he’s apparently also putting his GM hat on and recruiting former teammate Serge Ibaka to join him in Brooklyn.

According to a report by Mike Mazzeo of Forbes, the two-time Finals MVP has been quite active in trying to woo Ibaka from the Toronto Raptors and join the already-potent Nets roster.

The two have formed quite a bond after spending seven seasons together in Oklahoma City, and they’ve been close since–even after playing in different cities and countries. Ibaka, who enters free agency this offseason, has slowly lost his footing at the starting spot in Toronto and all signs are pointing that he might be on his way out.

Currently, the Nets have quite the formidable front court with Jarrett Allen and DeAndre Jordan leading the way, so Ibaka might be taking on a reserve role in Brooklyn. The 31-year old has proven that he can come off the bench and provide enough length and energy for his team down the stretch.

Thing is, there isn’t a ton of cap space available in Brooklyn, with the Nets front office having to deal with Durant and Kyrie Irving’s massive contracts. They’re also paying a couple of more guys within the $10-20 million range, which only allows them to offer Ibaka the $5.7 million taxpayers’ mid-level exception, per Mazzeo.

If Ibaka is willing to take a back seat and a massive pay cut, then Kevin Durant might just have a shot in landing another shiny piece to their roster.