Update: Kevin Durant confirmed he’ll sign with the Nets:
The Nets were right about Kevin Durant.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Even with a ruptured Achilles that will reportedly sideline him all of next season, Durant just swung the NBA’s balance of power. He’s that good. With Kyrie Irving also signing in Brooklyn, the Nets are now championship contenders for years to come… maybe in years to come considering Durant’s injury.
But after falling to the pits of the NBA, Brooklyn will gladly wait another year. This is an incredible turnaround for a team that was recently terrible and without its own first-round pick four years.
On the other hand, it’s a huge blow to the Warriors and Knicks. With Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and likely Klay Thompson, Golden State still has the talent to recover and remain a championship contender. After pursuing Durant and Irving all year, New York is now left with a bare-bones rebuild around R.J. Barrett, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson.
The Nets, meanwhile, are building depth for their new present as a winner.
Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:
The Nets still must make a minor move, like trading Dzanan Musa, to clear double-max cap space. But there’s plenty of time before players can officially sign July 6.