Report: Kyrie Irving agrees to sign with Nets
Kyrie Irving has agreed to sign a four-year, $141 million max-level contract with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan will be joining Irving in Brooklyn:
Sources: Durant will sign a 4-year, $164M deal with the Nets; Irving will sign 4-years, $141M.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Kyrie Irving averaged 23.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game for the Boston Celtics this season, a campaign that could be considered the best of his career and culminated in a Second Team All-NBA selection. But Boston never managed to make the most of its collective talent at least in part due to Irving’s volatility, a development that portended his departure in free agency dating back months.
It was reported in early June that he would indeed leave the Celtics, two seasons after they acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers via trade.
The Nets have been considered one of Irving’s likeliest destinations in free agency for years. He grew up in New Jersey rooting for the franchise, and its newfound cache after moving to Brooklyn combined with a strong young core made the Nets legitimate suitors for Irving, Durant and Jordan.
It’s an indication of Brooklyn keen team-building ability since Sean Marks took over as general manager in 2016 that cutting ties with D’Angelo Russell, the team’s only All-Star in 2018-19, isn’t considered a major loss. Caris LeVert was the Nets’ best player at the beginning of last season before going down with injury, and was dominant at times in the first round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers after returning.