Kevin Durant is joining the Brooklyn Nets. The superstar free agent is set to sign a maximum contract with Brooklyn, as soon as free agency officially begins.
Kevin Durant is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Durant will team up with fellow star and close friend Kyrie Irving, who is leaving the Boston Celtics to head to Brooklyn. Their mutual friend DeAndre Jordan is also reportedly joining them.
Sources: Durant will sign a 4-year, $164M deal with the Nets; Irving will sign 4-years, $141M.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Durant is unlikely to play in the upcoming season due to the torn Achilles that he suffered during the 2019 NBA Finals. But in 2020-21, Brooklyn can potentially trot out a team built around Durant, Irving, Jordan, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jarrett Allen.
The decision is a big blow to the Golden State Warriors, who were hoping to re-sign Durant after a very successful three-year run in which the team won two titles, and Durant won two Finals MVP awards.
Yet despite the bad news, the Warriors can now settle into their future, as a lot hung on KD’s decisions. With Durant officially gone, the uncertainty surrounding the Warriors is gone.
Also striking out were the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers, the other teams Durant was reportedly interested in joining.
Durant’s team is expected to share details of the signing when free agency officially begins.
Durant's planning to make a formal announcement on The Board Room Instagram at 6 PM. Durant's camp won't confirm his decision, and says "Details will be revealed at 6." https://t.co/ZpHcKFQTDd— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019