Kevin Durant, a free-agent all-NBA forward, reportedly plans to sign a four-year, $164 million contract to play for the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN.
Durant joins Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, who also reportedly plans to sign with the franchise. Irving’s deal will also be four years but for $141 million. The new additions to the Nets can officially sign their contracts starting July 6.
Brooklyn is making a clean sweep tonight: Brooklyn will sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Durant’s departure from the Golden State Warriors isn’t unexpected, however, many believed Brooklyn wouldn’t be his destination. New York City’s other team, the Knicks, seemed to be in the driver’s seat to land the two-time NBA champion.
Kevin Durant declined his $31.5 million player option earlier this month, officially setting him up for unrestricted free agency. The contractual move didn’t necessarily mean Durant was departing the Warriors as he was eligible to remain with the team on a five-year, $221 million deal.
Twitter blew up after the news hit the web. See some of the reaction below.
Kevin Durant right now. pic.twitter.com/Gee7ELq08c— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) June 30, 2019
even if Durant never regains his pre-surgery explosiveness, that's never been the part of his game that's been so lethal. he gets to his spot and shoots over you, again and again and again. I don't think that skillset is going anywhere— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) July 1, 2019
*Durant meets James Dolan*— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) June 30, 2019
Durant: I’m thinking about signing with you guys. Who else you looking to sign?
Dolan: Well Kevin, you should know, we’re not prepared to offer you a max contact right now
Kevin Durant is the biggest thing to happen to Brooklyn since MERRIWETHER POST PAVILION.— Steven Hyden (@Steven_Hyden) June 30, 2019
Stephen A. Smith breaks his silence and reacts to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving choosing the Nets over the Knicks 🤣 pic.twitter.com/lKbr1bR9OU— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 30, 2019
In a matter of days we went from #kawhi “seriously considering re-signing with raptors” to “kawhi and Durant discussing playing together” to “kawhi is “the lakers to lose” to “kawhi and jimmy butler to clippers” let’s agree no one has any idea and wait it out #NBAFreeAgency2019— Zack Adams (@zack_a9) July 1, 2019
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