The Brooklyn Nets get the permanent All-Star Kevin Durant – just not immediately.
On the Instagram page of his company on Sunday evening, the 30-year-old announced his decision to leave the Golden State Warriors and move on to the Nets, who allegedly also reached an agreement with former Boston Celtics All-Star, Kyrie Irving.
The catch is that Durant, a dual NBA Finals MVP with Golden State, is not expected to play next season after tearing his Achilles in the NBA Finals.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Carania of The Athletic have reported the news before Durant's announcement.
Durant, a dual NBA Finals MVP with Golden State, is not expected to play next season after tearing his Achilles in the NBA Finals
ESPN reported that Irving (photo) might be involved in a three-team sign-and-trade deal that would send All-Star point guard Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets to the Celtics and former Boston guard Terry Rozier to Charlotte, with Irving moving from Boston to Brooklyn
Wojnarowski also reported that both players agreed to four-year deals in which Durant would collect $ 164 million and Irving $ 141 million.
Contracts cannot be officially signed before July 6 and some details of the agreements may change before that time.
For example, ESPN reported that Irving might be involved in a three-team sign-and-trade deal that would send All-Star point guard Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets to the Celtics and former Boston guard Terry Rozier to Charlotte, with Irving moving from Boston to Brooklyn.
If such a deal can be agreed, the Nets Irving & # 39; s & # 39; Larry Bird & # 39; retain rights, allowing the team to sign it for a five-year contract.
Although the free broadcast period of the NBA officially only started on Sunday at 6:00 PM ET, the off-NBA off-season has started well since the Toronto Raptors completed the Warriors in the final.
Walker not only agreed to a four-year deal with Boston (a contract that could become a five-year deal if a sign-and-trade deal could be negotiated), but the Los Angeles Lakers have already agreed to a massive trade to Acquire All Star Anthony Davis from New Orleans Pelicans for a package of rising stars Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as multiple first-round picks.
The Lakers are expected to make another splash in the free agency when dual NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and former Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard D & # 39; Angelo Russell are available.
Leonard is expected to meet with the Raptors, Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports.
Boston Celtics & # 39; Kyrie Irving (left) shoots Indiana Pacers & # 39; Cory Joseph (right) during the second half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball in the first round playoff series in Indianapolis
Russell and the Lakers have mutual interest, according to ESPN.
It is a certainty that the Lakers will be extremely active in the free agency because they are about a week away from having only three players on their list.
Take their limited free agents away, and when the complex six-player four-point trade with Washington and New Orleans for Davis is performed on July 6, they have him, LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma, under contract.
& # 39; We have a superstar on our team and an open slot machine & # 39 ;, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said earlier this off-season, when the team retained Frank Vogel as the new coach and before it struck the deal that Davis will beat.
& # 39; So I think people can see this as an opportunity to win a championship next year. And we have to do the work. & # 39;
Teams now know exactly what to spend – as expected, the salary limit of the competition for the coming season was set at just over $ 109 million.
And some deals don't have to take long to be announced.
The Warriors have said they are not going to let Thompson leave even if he recovers from a ruptured ACL, so expect a five hundred million dollar deal, a five-year deal, to be agreed quickly there.
Someone with knowledge of the situation told AP that Sacramento is planning to offer Harrison Barnes a deal that will pay him $ 90 million in the next four years.
Jimmy Butler could sign again with Philadelphia to stay there, or as the first step in a sign-and-trade with Houston and Miami – the Heat gets a Sunday meeting with Butler, a sign of mutual interest there – as one of the potential suitors in that case.
Orlando wants to keep Vucevic and Milwaukee seems positioned to give Middleton a max deal that will keep him alongside NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Golden State Warriors send Kevin Durant dunks in the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Los Angeles
& # 39; A lot of things are going to happen & # 39 ;, Raptors told Danny Green, one of the free agents this summer.
The acquisition of Durant and Irving by Nets is reminiscent of the team's trade in 2013 for Boston Celtics stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
The deal was thought to be the first step to bring a title to Brooklyn, but the deal from then-general manager Billy King failed when the older Celtics did not meet expectations.
At the start of the 2014-15 campaign, Pierce had signed with Washington, while Garnett would be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves mid-season.
The Celtics meanwhile reloaded their selection with the first round picks in the deal, which became increasingly valuable as the Nets struggled in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Led by General Manager Sean Marks, King & # 39; s replacement, the Nets finally returned to the playoffs this season, where they suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Expectations are sure to grow in Brooklyn with the recent acquisitions of Irving and Durant, the latter of which will probably not play until 2020-21, when he will be 32 years old.
In addition to those veterans, ESPN also reports that Durant's old friend, DeAndre Jordan, will also join the Nets after playing with rival New York Knicks last season.
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