The Golden State will look a lot different next season. On Sunday afternoon, Kevin Durant made the announcement that he was headed to Brooklyn to join the Nets. Late Sunday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Warriors had acquired D’Angelo Russell from the Nets in a sign-and-trade for Kevin Durant. It’s a four-year, $117 million max contract for Russell, according to the report.
Finally, according to Wojnarowski, Golden State shipped Andre Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies.
This is a lot to unpack, and there could be some more moving parts, but here is what you need to know for now; Durant to Brooklyn, Russell to Golden State, and Iguodala to Memphis.
What a day!
Kevin Durant is going to Brooklyn. Durant made the announcement via Instagram. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a four-year, $164 million deal. Durant is expected to miss all of next season due to a torn Achilles tendon.
Also, according to Wojnarowski, Kyrie Irving is expected to sign with the Nets. It will be a four-year, $141 million deal, according to the report.
Both Durant and Irving’s deals won’t be official until July 6.
With Irving and Durant in the fold, the Nets will be formidable for years to come. However, next season, they are probably not a championship caliber team because Durant is expected to miss next season, but it’s still happy times in Brooklyn.
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The defending champion Golden State Warriors have played a lot of games over the past four years, and it’s hard not to when you been to the Finals four straight seasons, which netted them three championships.
Last season was not very easy for the Warriors. They battled injuries to Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala in the postseason. Furthermore, if the Rockets’ Chris Paul does not get injured in the WCF, they may have been eliminated by Houston, but in the end, the Warriors found a way to get it done.
In the offseason, the Warriors might have gotten better. They added another All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins, who is expected to return midseason as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon.
However, next season, LeBron James will be in the Western Conference, Houston added Carmelo Anthony, and OKC retained Paul George. Therefore, the West will still be tough, but the Warriors still have five All-Stars, which according to former NBA player Jamario Moon, makes them the favorite in the Western Conference.
“You can’t bet against them guys,” Moon told Paul Gant.
Listen below as Moon talks Warriors, and asks whether we should call Kevin Durant a “Splash Brother.”
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, LeBron James has reached to Warriors star Kevin Durant about joining him in Los Angeles with the Lakers.
Durant is expected to opt out his contract with the Warriors, but re-sign with the team.
Regarding LeBron, no one knows at this point where he may go, but according to reports, if the Lakers get Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs, LeBron could head to the Lakers.
Here is what Smith had to say on First Take today:
When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Warriors in the summer of 2016, many believed that Golden State had a team that was going to be tough to beat for years to come, and at this point, that seems to be true.
The Warriors won a title with Durant last season, and are currently up 2-0 on the Cavs in the 2018 NBA Finals.
Game 3 is Thursday night in Cleveland.
According to reports, Durant, 29, is expected to opt out of his contract this summer, but will re-sign with the Warriors.
However, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith does not expect Durant to stay with the Warriors for the rest of his career.
Listen to what Smith had to say on First Take on Tuesday:
Kevin Durant was cooking yesterday as he scored 38 pts, including 20 points in the 1st half as the Warriors dominated the Pelicans 118-92 in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. Warriors lead the series 3-1.
After the game, Durant’s teammate Andre Iguodala compared Durant to Jordan, and himself to Scottie Pippen.
Take a listen:
Iguodala game is similar to Pippen’s game, but he is not on Pip’s level. In terms of Durant, he can score the ball, but he’s not Jordan.
Erin Popovich, who was the wife of Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, died on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Spurs. She was 67.
According to ESPN, Gregg and Erin were married for four decades and had two children and two grandchildren.
Warriors star Kevin Durant reacted to the death of Erin Popovich:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gregg Popovich and his family.