Nets come out as big winners of the frenzied first day of the 2019 NBA Free Agency


What just happened? The first day of the 2019 Free Agency period rocked the entire league to its core. A whopping $3 billion dollars worth of deals were handed out in the first day of free agency. Of course none of these deals can be finalized until July 6. But barring any major DeAndre Jordan-Clippers moments, the deals reported today are expected to push through.

The biggest winners of the first day of Free Agency are the Brooklyn Nets. Even before the Free Agency opened, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving would be signing with the Nets.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the details of the Irving deal minutes after the start of Free Agency.

Durant and Irving are two of the biggest names on the market. Even with Durant possibly missing the entire 2019-2020 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, he still remains to be one of the most sought-after players in the league. He teams up with Irving to form a killer superstar combination in Brooklyn. Irving will have to carry the load without Durant next season, but he will have some help.

The two are joined by DeAndre Jordan who will move from the Knicks to the Nets on a four-year deal.

Irving and Durant reportedly took less money in order to accommodate Jordan’s deal.

This report comes at the heels of the news that the Knicks, one of the suitors of Durant refused to dole out the max for the injured superstar.

It’s ironic because the Nets ended up not paying Durant the max as well.

These signings by the Nets sent shockwaves throughout the rest of the league and several deals were made as a result of these deals.

The Warriors swooped in, as they usually do, to land a big name that was made available in the market. They nabbed All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell via a sign-and-trade deal.

The Warriors get a guard they can slot in right next to Steph Curry with Durant out of the picture. The Warriors are still the leaders to re-sign injured guard Klay Thompson.

As expected, the Celtics quickly pivoted to another All-Star point guard. They replaced Irving with Kemba Walker who signed for a similar deal in the $140 million range.

There was a hole left on the Hornets roster at point guard which was quickly filled in by Celtics back up point guard, Terry Rozier.

The Sixers were also the hub of several big Free Agency movements. The biggest one was the one involving Jimmy Butler. The All-Star wing was reportedly traded to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade deal.

This deal was initially a three-team deal involving Goran Dragic who was supposedly headed to the Dallas Mavericks. But the deal was called off as there was a miscommunication between the Heat and Mavericks.

Now, the Heat are looking to find a trade partner who will take on Dragic in order to complete the Butler deal.

In the meantime, the Mavericks re-signed big man Kristaps Porzingis to a new five-year deal.

The Celtics still lost a key player in Free Agency even with Walker coming in. Veteran big man Al Horford signed with division rival, the 76ers. Horford got the long-term deal he was looking for before the offseason began.

The Sixers were able to secure one of their big free agents. They signed forward Tobias Harris to a five-year deal.

The Sixers weren’t the only ones that secured key free agents. The Milwaukee Bucks also made sure to bring back key cogs in their East Finals run last season.

They signed Khris Middleton to a max contract and re-signed Brook Lopez and George Hill.

The Bucks weren’t able to keep former Rookie of the Year, Malcolm Brogdon who transferred to the Pacers on a four-year contract. He joins Jeremy Lamb who moved from Charlotte to Indiana.

The Orlando Magic were able to keep key free agents Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross. The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported the Vucevic deal while Woj broke the news or Ross’ new contract.

The Kings were able to keep Harrison Barnes on a four-year contract while bolstering their bench with Dewayne Dedmon and Trevor Ariza.

The Jazz were able to add another shooter to their roster by signing Bojan Bogdanovic. They also added Ed Davis on a two-year contract.

Former Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio found a new home with the Phoenix Suns, a team in desperate need of a point guard.

The Knicks pivoted from Durant and were able to sign three power forwards in Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and Taj Gibson.

Other deals of the day include Derrick Rose signing with the Pistons, Patrick Beverley running it back with the Clippers, Robin Lopez joining brother Brook in Milwaukee, JJ Redick’s two-year deal with the Pelicans, and Al-Farouq Aminu signing with the Magic.

Jonas Valanciunas, Thomas Bryant, Rodney Hood, Nerlens Noel, Rudy Gay, Dwight Powell, Danuel House, Mike Scott and Gerald Green re-signed with their existing teams. Other movements of the day were Demarre Caroll joining the Spurs, Garrett Temple signing with the Nets, Cory Joseph going to the Kings, and Mario Hezonja transferring to the Blazers. Mike Muscala and Reggie Bullock left the Lakers to go to OKC and NYC, respectively. The Pelicans also signed Euro big man Nicolo Melli.

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