Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Durant opts for Nets as National Basketball Association free agent frenzy begins

Durant opts for Nets as National Basketball Association free agent frenzy begins

The Brooklyn Nets were already one of the big winners of National Basketball Association free agency with the reported additions of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Russell's new contract with the Warriors will be a four-year, $117 million maximum contract, per Wojnarowski. The Brooklyn Nets are the main story for acquiring Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but a ton of teams improved in subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Nets and Golden State Warriors are finalizing a sign-and-trade that will send Russell to the Bay Area.

Smith is unbelievably entertaining on a normal news day, but add in the Knicks missing out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and the ESPN personality will go to another level.

Durant commands top dollar despite the fact that he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in game five of this year's finals and is expected to miss all of the 2019-20 season.

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The departure of Iguodala and Durant ends an era with the Warriors, who will retool their roster with a Russell-Steph Curry backcourt until Klay Thompson returns from a torn ACL injury sometime next season.

Irving, a six-time All-Star, averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and five rebounds in 67 games with the Boston Celtics last season. Davis is off to the fast-improving Jazz on a two-year, $10 million deal.

Durant, who grew up in the Washington area and spent one college season at Texas, played his first year with the Seattle SuperSonics before they departed for Oklahoma City, where Durant played eight seasons with the Thunder before joining the Warriors in 2016.

Russell is coming off his best season in the league, averaging 21.1 points and making his first All-Star game with the Nets. The deal features a team option in the second year.

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