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Kevin Durant tried to recruit Serge Ibaka to the Nets, per report

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Kevin Durant is trying to bring his close friend Serge Ibaka to the Brooklyn Nets, according to Mike Mazzeo of Forbes.

Ibaka, 31, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Durant and Ibaka forged a great relationship from the time they played together in Oklahoma City.

They had several deep trips to the playoffs including a run in the NBA Finals back in 2012. According to Mazzeo, the veteran big would have to take a huge discount to join the Nets.

Brooklyn can only offer Ibaka the $5.7 million taxpayers’ mid-level exception. The big from Congo has already drawn enough interest ahead of the free agency with the Lakers, the Clippers, the Celtics and other teams being willing to sign him.

Last season, he averaged 15.1 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Raptors while shooting 38.5 percent from the three-point range.

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