NBA: Durant, Irving discuss merging forces -- report

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Posted at Jun 16 2019 09:29 AM

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics speaks with Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors after the game on March 5, 2019 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. Noah Graham, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving reportedly huddled in New York City to talk about joining forces with the same team in free agency.

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report said Friday on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on Fox Sports Radio that the meeting between the two basketball superstars likely means Durant won't be returning to the Golden State Warriors.

Durant has been in New York City since traveling there to have surgery for a ruptured Achilles he suffered Monday in Toronto during Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

He is expected to miss the 2019-20 season.

"I'm told Kevin Durant is out of the hospital, moved into a hotel for the time being in the New York area, and him and Kyrie have met and have continued to discuss playing together next season. KD has moved all his stuff and will spend his summer in New York," Bucher said. 

"... Every indication says KD is making plans to be elsewhere because obviously Kyrie will not be joining the Warriors any time soon."

Multiple reports in recent days said Irving intends to leave the Boston Celtics when he becomes a free agent on June 30, with the Brooklyn Nets predicted to be his desired destination.

Brooklyn has one slot available for a max contract, but Ian Begley of SNY reported a second spot could open up if the Nets don't bring back point guard D'Angelo Russell.

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