Nets expected to sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan in free agency
By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Brooklyn Nets’ ideal free agency scenario is coming to fruition. They’re expected to sign the trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski on Sunday.
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
Irving and Durant had been reported as discussing the possibility of playing together on multiple occasions during and after the season. NBA insider Ric Bucher had also reported that Irving was recruiting Jordan to join him with Durant in Brooklyn.
Durant made his agreement with the Nets official on Instagram:
As for Irving, he leaves the Celtics after two seasons. He averaged 24.1 points and 6.1 assists in 127 regular season games. Irving missed the 2018 playoffs due to knee surgery as the Celtics reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With Irving back in the 2019 playoffs, the C’s went 5-5 and lost four straight to the Milwaukee Bucks to end their season.
Irving jets for Brooklyn amid a number of reports about his unhappiness living in Boston, his issues with teammates, coaches, and executives in the Celtics organization, and his desire to play closer to his hometown of West Orange, N.J. He also reportedly likes the direction that the Nets are going in when it comes to their roster and staff.
Paired with a healthy Durant, Irving and the Nets have a good chance to be one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference. Durant, however, will spend most (if not all) of next season recovering from an Achilles injury. So it will be interesting to see how the Nets do with Irving as their go-to star player in year one.
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