Brooklyn Nets: After wild night, Nets are better … but how much?

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The X-factor (times 2)

Kevin Durant is the highest risk of the players that agreed to deals Sunday with the Brooklyn Nets. Durant will be 31 before this season begins, a season in which he’s not expected to play at all while recovering from a torn Achilles.

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Brooklyn is banking on Durant recovering to be the player he has been for the last 12 seasons … at age 32 … coming off an Achilles injury.

Durant’s lack of availability leaves the Nets with the same gaping hole at the 4 spot they had last season.

The answer may already be on the roster, however.

Jarrett Allen entered the offseason with two objectives — add strength and bulk while also honing his touch from the 3-point line.

Allen tried to extend his range to the corners last season, but after banging home a pair of deep balls on opening night, he made just four more the rest of the way, finishing the season at 6-for-45 from long range, just 13.3 percent.

Durant isn’t an option at the 4 — a position manned by the too-short trio of Jared Dudley, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Treveon Graham and the too-thin Rodions Kurucs — became of his Achilles injury.

But could Allen — provided his touch improves from outside — be an answer at the 4, while moving DeAndre Jordan into the starting unit at the 5?

After seeing Sunday’s free agency plan fall perfectly into place, it could just be that Allen sliding to the 4 to allow Jordan to bang with opposing 5s might have been the plan all along.