The Brooklyn Nets have completely turned around their fortunes with the news that Kevin Durant plans to sign a four-year deal.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the two-time NBA champion is planning to sign with the Nets as of 6 p.m. on Thursday. Durant’s deal is for four years and $164 million, per Wojnarowski.
But he’s not alone. Wojnarowski is also reporting that DeAndre Jordan, a two-time NBA All-Defensive selection, will sign with Brooklyn as well.
Jordan is a longtime friend of Durant’s and it’s no surprise that the two are teaming up together. Durant, Jordan, and Kyrie Irving—another major signing for Brooklyn—all played on Team USA at the 2016 Olympics.
The entirety of NBA free agency was waiting for Durant’s decision. It was considered the biggest twist this summer, especially after he ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the Finals.
Although Durant will most likely miss the entirety of the 2019-20 season, the Nets should still be competitive in the Eastern Conference with Irving and Jordan leading the show. And starting with the 2020-21 season, The Association has a new title contender.
Over 78 games with Golden State this past season, Durant averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. During his three-year run with the Warriors, Durant amassed two Finals MVPs and three All-NBA selections.
If he can come back healthy from this ruptured Achilles, the Nets are going to be an absolute juggernaut.