Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving have reportedly met a few times this offseason to discuss the possibility of teaming up together.
Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher reveals that Irving and Durant have reportedly met twice in recent weeks.
Via Bleacher Report
rant and Irving, league sources say, have met twice in recent weeks to discuss their desire to continue their careers on the same team, an idea forged while playing together on the U.S. national team. The first meeting took place in the Bay Area while Durant nursed a strained right calf; the second occurred in New York shortly after Durant had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
According to Bucher Kyrie is pressing Durant to join him in Brooklyn next season.
Irving, meanwhile, also recently purchased a new home in South Orange, New Jersey, but league sources say he is pressing Durant to join him with the Nets and is trying to recruit Jordan as well. Durant did have his Achilles repaired by a Nets team physician, Dr. Martin O’Malley, but the New York Post’s Mark Fischer quoted one of O’Malley’s medical colleagues warning not to read too much into that.
Apparently, Durant is “pissed off the Warriors” because of how the team handled his calf strain injury during the finals.
Questions that linger over whether the strained calf led to the Achilles injury, and if the Golden State Warriors made him aware of that possibility, remain unanswered. But the indication from several league sources is that Durant is not happy with the team, and the presumption is that it stems from whatever role Warriors officials played in his decision to suit up. Coach Steve Kerr says he was told Durant could not further injure himself by playing, which obviously proved not to be true. If Durant was told the same, it would give credence to the notion that, as one league executive claims, “He’s really pissed off at the Warriors.”
The Nets have now become the favorites to land Durant this offseason.
The Nets don’t seem to mind that Durant is going to miss next season and are willing to sign him to a multi-year max deal but we still have to wait and see if KD is actually willing to sign with them in the next coming weeks.