3. Brooklyn Nets
Practical Cap Space in 2019: $55 million
A solid idea for Kevin Durant, if he wants to start anew with a rising team in the Eastern Conference, is joining an upstart front court that can continue to build around him like the Brooklyn Nets. One of the more promising teams in the East has youth all over the place and very few contracts weighing them down now, outside of Allen Crabbe.
If he joined the Nets, Durant would have a ton of wiggle room to get as much money as he wanted to. Brooklyn is in one of the most cap friendly situations entering the 2019 NBA Offseason, with more than $50 million to spare if it doesn’t do anything to consequential on the trade block down the stretch.
A lot of the Nets cap space wiggle room relies on what it does to finish the regular season, and early in the free agent market. You’d figure that Brooklyn tries to remain a key player in the pursuit of Durant, since it has stayed in the conversation for a while now. As long as Durant continues to show any level of interest in the Nets, the franchise should work to keep a ton of cap room free.
Keeping a lot of cap room free would also allow the Nets to have some resources to acquire talent to fit next to Durant. Brooklyn does need some help alongside the likes of potent big man Jarrett Allen (and a fellow former Texas Longhorns basketball standout) and former LA Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell. The Nets can offer a very potentially attractive outlook for Durant if he so chooses to look that direction.