Day one of the most exciting part of the NBA during the summer, free agency, didn’t disappoint. Moves were made and this is how things have panned out thus far.
Kevin Durant. KD, who is arguably the best player in the league, signed a four-year $164 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Talking heads spent the better part of this past season yammering about how he would go to the Knicks and how that would legitimize him as one of the greatest to ever do it. That narrow way of thinking can officially be put to rest now that the same team that won a chip without him wasn’t able to win once he suffered a devastating injury during this year’s finals. The events leading up to his grand exit is kind of poetic. First the Warriors won a title in 2015. They lost to a Lebron James led Cavaliers squad in 2016. Draymond Green recruited a young KD to come join them. KD then joined the Warriors squad, he played incredibly during the post-season aiding them in winning two additional Championships all while receiving MVP honors. Warriors general manager Bob Myers then made a joke about Durant having to earn his keep. Later on in the season Green had a meltdown during a game and told Durant to his face, in a most disrespectful way, that the team didn’t need him. Karma was sowed and the Warriors lost in the finals in a spectacular fashion without KD’s presence. KD is coming off an Achilles injury and most likely will not play this upcoming season. The team that had the foresight and came out on top ended up being the Brooklyn Nets.
Kyrie Irving. Irving has signed a four-year $140 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets. That’s right. Irving and Durant have both joined the Nets squad, so the possibilities are endless. After the disaster that was his stint with the Boston Celtics, Irving has some image rehabilitation to do. Irving has made it clear that he wants to be the leader of a team and he finally will have the opportunity to do so. With his buddy Durant out for a good year, Irving has the clearance to be the go-to guy. That way, when Durant comes back into the fold their natural chemistry and respect of each other’s game will unlock the next level for these two.
Other notable trades include:
Kemba Walker signed a four-year $141 million deal with the Boston Celtics.
Jimmy Butler signed a four-year $140 million sign & trade to the Miami Heat.
D’Angelo Russell signed a four-year $117 million sign & trade to the Golden State Warriors.
Al Horford signed a four-year $109 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Derrick Rose signed a two-year $15 million deal with the Detroit Pistons.
Patrick Beverley signed a three-year $40 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The final piece of the free agency pie is none other than Kawhi Leonard. Where he will go, no one knows. So with bated breath, we wait.