All Nets! Brooklyn makes huge splash by signing KD, Kyrie and DeAndre Jordan
Published on Monday, 7/1/19, at 4:05 p.m. Eastern.
The Brooklyn Nets pulled off a major coup at the start of Sunday’s NBA free agency, signing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan.
Now, do I see future drama with KD and Kyrie’s mercurial behavior? Yes, absolutely!
Could it be a problem when you have a pair of me-first, high-volume shooters in KD and Kyrie? You damn right.
Nevertheless, you can’t be critical of the work done by Brooklyn’s front-office duo of Sean Marks and Trajan Langdon. They’ll deal with those potential problems down the road. And, to be clear, those will be “good problems” compared to not having the players and talent to be legit contenders for an NBA title.
Perhaps most important, Brooklyn’s moves represent a public pimpslap of epic proportions to Gotham’s most storied hoops franchise, the New York Knicks.
I loved what the New Orleans Pelicans accomplished in adding talent around Jrue Holiday and Zion Williamson. GM David Griffin has done spectacular work over the last month and change.
The Pelicans signed one of the NBA’s best pure shooters in veteran guard JJ Redick, who averaged 18.0 points per game for the 76ers this past season. They also added Nicolo Melli, a EuroLeague star, and are closing in on a trade for Utah’s Derrick Favors.
In addition, the Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers netted Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram. Also, New Orleans drafted Jaxson Hayes out of Texas and Va. Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker along with Zion.
Philadelphia sent Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade deal that landed Josh Richardson. The 76ers lost Butler and Redick, but they re-signed Tobias Harris and signed five-time All-Star Al Horford to a four-year deal.
Horford is one of only 10 NBA players in the past 40 years to make five All-Star games and go to the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons. The other nine? John Stockton, Karl Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen, Tony Parker, Kevin McHale and Tim Duncan.
For more of my detailed recap of the first 24 hours of free agency, check out this link/piece over at MajorWager.com.
Jeff Sherman of the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas tweeted out the betting shop’s updated 2020 NBA futures:
2019-20 NBA Championship updated
Phi, GS, Tor, LAC 10/1
Bos, Bkn 25/1
OKC, Por 30/1
Dal, SA, NO 50/1
Mia, Sac, Orl, NYK 100/1
Atl, Chi, Min, Phx 200/1
Det, Mem, Wsh 300/1
Char, Cle 1000/1
— Jeff Sherman (@golfodds) July 1, 2019