Free agent season is underway in the NBA and there have already been some major moves with Derrick Rose moving from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers giving Cleveland Cavaliers player Timofey Mozgov an astonishing $64 million to join their Kobe Bryant-less squad. Rose’s Windy City teammate Joakim Noah is set to follow him to the Big Apple with an expected $70 million deal to be signed today.
But perhaps the biggest story line from this year’s free agency is where Kevin Durant will land. The Roc Nation-signee is expected to meet with six teams as he decides where his journey will go after spending eight seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. One of his options is to stay with the team that nurtured his career (The Thunder drafted him in 2007 when they were the Seattle Supersonics. They moved a year later).
His agent, Jay Z, reportedly tried to get him to meet with the Brooklyn Nets and also the New York Knicks, where he would join Rose, Noah and Carmelo Anthony, according to Bleacher Report writer Thomas Duffy, who cites Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski.
Woj just said Jay Z and Roc Nation pushed Durant to meet with Brooklyn and the Knicks.
— Thomas Duffy (@TJDhoops) July 1, 2016
Hov used to be a minority owner in the Nets and was influential in moving them to his hometown and also in designing the logos and color scheme. He frequently attends Knicks games and shows love for his fellow New Yorkers.
However, Durant, who is from the DMV area, told the rap mogul no thanks and will stick to meeting with the Thunder, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.
Jay Z has built his reputation as a sports agent, especially after getting Dez Bryant a deal that made him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. His other clients include football players Victor Cruz and Todd Gurley, baseball players C.C. Sabathia and Robinson Cano, boxer Miguel Cotto and soccer player Jerome Boateng.