The Brooklyn Nets have officially won 2019 NBA Free Agency.
By the time the clock struck 6:00 p.m. on June 30th and the free-agent period began, the Nets had already picked up three All-Star caliber players in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan.
This series of moves instantly places Brooklyn in playoff contention, even with KD expected to miss the entire 2020 season with a ruptured Achilles.
Kyrie Irving is one of the most dynamic ball handlers in the game. His ability to keep the ball on a string, coupled with his speed, making him extremely difficult to cover off the dribble, allowing him to make scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He is set to join Brooklyn on a four-year, $141M contract.
Jordan will provide this organization with a much needed defensive stopper. The two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team honoree has shown he can still protect the rim, swatting just over one shot a game with the Knicks and Mavs last season.
Out of the three, Durant will be the highest paid, signing a four-year, $164M contract to join the Nets family. After much speculation regarding his desire to play for the Knicks, it turns out the former MVP was just interested in the city of New York rather than the inhabitants of Madison Square Garden.
The Nets have quickly gone from New York’s “other” team to perhaps the most talented franchise in the city.