Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving indeed landed in New York, it just was not in the city or for the team everyone had envisioned.
A few hours before free agency officially began Sunday evening at 6 pm Eastern time, sources told Kill That Noise, Kevin Durant was going to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
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The plan all along for both Kyrie and Durant were to play together with the Knicks. The injury that occurred to Durant during the NBA Finals changed everything. Durant had GM Bob Myers and Stephen Curry (who was currently in China attending the yearly Under Armour tour) meet him in New York to simply tell them he was leaving to Brooklyn. Reports surfaced that Curry was aware of this decision on his way to NY, but still decided to persuade Durant.
Kyrie also decided to leave Boston. Although Durant never told Golden State he would return, Kyrie made an announcement before the season that he would sign long term in the offseason. Kyrie did not live up to his commitment, instead, Kyrie bolted to play for his home town team and close friend. Also, joining the duo will be DeAndre Jordan. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both took less than the max so the 3 superstars can play together. The contract for Jordan is reportedly a 4-year deal worth $40M. Kyrie signed for 4 years $141M and Durant signed for 4 years $164M.
Brooklyn will look to Kyrie and DeAndre to shoulder the load for the entire 2019-2020 season while Durant rehabs his torn Achilles. Once Durant does return he will have Brooklyn in the Finals conversation for years to come.