The Nets concluded to deals with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as partial of a marvellous start to giveaway agency, giving a longtime No. 2 group in New York tip billing in a Big Apple. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
The understanding bringing Kevin Durant to Brooklyn is official, and he’s changing his array along with his address.
The Nets finished a sign-and-trade with a Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, with Brooklyn alighting Durant and a stable first-round collect in successive year’s breeze for D’Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham.
Durant pronounced final week he would pointer a max understanding with Brooklyn, that would be $141 million over 4 years, after 3 seasons with a Warriors. The rest of a understanding was worked out over successive days, and a NBA sealed off on a terms Sunday.
“Along with a rest of a league, a coaching staff has prolonged dignified Kevin’s implausible skill, resilience and tenacity,” Nets manager Kenny Atkinson said. “He has already determined himself as a champion and one of a best players of all-time, and we couldn’t be some-more vehement to acquire him into a module in Brooklyn.”
Durant isn’t approaching to play during all successive deteriorate while he recovers from an Achilles injury. When he does lapse to join a new-look Nets group that combined Kyrie Irving as good this summer and strictly sealed him Sunday, he’ll wear No. 7 — after personification in No. 35 around his career.
Durant expelled a matter observant he wore 35 to respect someone “very nearby and dear” to him.
“But as we start this new section in my basketball life, a array I’ll be wearing on my behind is a Number 7 successive time we see me on a floor,” Durant said.
Durant is a long-lived All-Star and two-time NBA champion after winning Finals MVP honors with a Warriors in 2017 and 2018. He’s a four-time scoring champion and his 22,940 points ranks third among active players. He missed many of this past season’s playoffs, initial with a calf damage and afterwards a Achilles detonation during a NBA Finals — a array Golden State mislaid to Toronto in 6 games.
“We’re grateful to Kevin for a implausible things he did for a group and authorization during his 3 years with a Warriors,” Golden State ubiquitous manager Bob Myers said.
Russell got a $117 million, four-year agreement from a Warriors. He was an All-Star for a initial time final season, averaging 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
“We’re vehement to supplement a actor of D’Angelo’s ability to a roster,” Myers said. “He’s entrance off an All-Star deteriorate with a Nets and we feel, during a age of 23, his best basketball is positively brazen of him in regards to his career trajectory.”
Another large free-agent understanding got finished Sunday when Utah finished a signing of brazen Bojan Bogdanovic to a four-year, $73 million contract.
“We are really gratified to acquire Bojan and his family to a organization,” Jazz executive clamp boss of basketball operations Dennis Lindsey said. “His ability to play both ends of a building in further to his well-developed sharpened will make him an constituent writer to a authorization and a postseason goals.”
Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose also finished his signing with Detroit on Sunday, jacket adult a $15 million, two-year deal.
Many other agreed-upon deals sojourn pending, such as Kawhi Leonard’s signing with a Los Angeles Clippers and a blockbuster trade that will see Paul George join him around a trade with a Oklahoma City Thunder.