A few weeks ago, I speculated that the Brooklyn Nets were up to something big after they cleared the necessary cap space that would allow them to add to two max contracts via free agency. Yesterday, they did just that.
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
In a series of Woj Bombs, the NBA world quickly learned the Nets would be essentially winning this year’s free agency by signing two of the most coveted superstars in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, as well as an All-Star caliber center in DeAndre Jordan. With these moves, Brooklyn’s general manager, Sean Marks, has made it clear; the Nets are going all-in.
Due to Durant’s recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered during the NBA Finals, the Nets’ championship hopes will likely need to be put on hold for a year. However, it is not unreasonable to see them being competitive this season with Irving and company. A playoff birth and a trip to the second round certainly isn’t out of the question.
As for Durant, while Achilles injuries can be tricky, there is still a good chance that he will return to superstar form when he steps back onto the court. Just ask Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, who suffered the same injury in 1992 and returned to form.
“It’s going to come down to how hard you are willing to work to get back,” Wilkins said. “This injury takes a lot of patience. But I think Kevin Durant is going to be fine. He’s one of those superstar players that will not let this obstacle hold him back.”
If and when Durant returns to the court, the Nets will possess one of the most talented teams in the NBA. He and Irving will be able to carry the team night in and night out, while players such as Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LaVert, and Jarrett Allen will provide strong support. They should have no issue competing for an NBA title.
Of course, while one New York team is on cloud nine, the other continues to be at rock bottom. It’s hard not to feel bad for New York Knicks fans at this point. Everything that could’ve gone wrong for them this offseason did. At least they got *checks notes* Julius Randle and Taj Gibson.
How bad of an owner is James Dolan? So bad that he let the New Jersey Nets invade his city and take it over…WITH EASE. Think about that. The once proud New York Knicks, with the same amount of money available, just got dickslapped by the NETS. And it wasn’t even close either
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) June 30, 2019
It’s true. The Knicks used to be a proud franchise. Madison Square Garden was dubbed the “Mecca of Basketball” and it was a dream for young players to one day play there. Now, because of years of poor ownership and mismanagement, the Knicks are a laughing stock and the Barclays Center is now the place to be in the Big Apple.
Will Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant bring a championship back to New York? Will the Knicks ever know success again? Find out on the next episode of Dragon Ball Z.
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