On the verge of opening the free agent market In the NBA, all the spotlights have been directed to two stars who still have a contract: Kevin Durant and Nikola Jokic. The Nets star asks to be transferred and the MVP of the last year will sign. the biggest contract in the history of the League.
Durant has decided to leave Brooklyn, which he spent from being the favorite to the great disappointment of last season: they said goodbye in the first round of the play-offs swept 0-4 by the Celtics, closing a campaign marked by the veto for Irving's vaccines , Durant's injuries and the change of Harden and Simmons, who did not even debut. After the announcement of the renewal of Irving, the power forward has decided to leave the franchise to which he came. in 2019 after winning two NBA titles with the Golden State Warriors.
KD becomes the object of desire of half the League. The Suns, the best team in the regular season last season with Devin Booker and Chris Paul at the helm, are among the most interested. Phoenix would be willing to part with Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridgesto find a fit for Durant's $44 million-a-year contract. Paolo Banchero, chosen number 1 in the draft by the Magic, hung up his phone. In the networks of him a photomontage with Durant and him wearing the Magic jersey. Miami Heat, the New Orleans Pelicans and up to 15 franchises have contacted the Nets to inquire about 'Durantula'.
Barça's European dream
Although Durant had assured that he would like to play his last season in Barcelona, just as Kobe Bryant said.In his day, at 33, the romantic European dream still seems far away for one of the three highest-paid players in the NBA. A salary ranking that is about to command Jokic. According to ESPN, the Serbian center will continue He joined the Nuggets for $270 million over five years. I'd get over it like this the 228.2 for the same time agreed upon. Giannis Antetokounmpo with the Bucks in 2020.
Second-biggest deal will be; that of Bradley Beal, which will continue in Washington for 251 million in five years. In the mega-contracts of Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker, who remain in Timberwolves and Suns for the same amount: 224 million in four seasons. And Ja Morant, one of the sensations of last season, has made a commitment to the Grizzlies substantially improving his emoluments: of the 40 million for four years that he signed. as a 'rookie' to 193 in five seasons.
The one who will have The one looking for a new destination is Juancho Hernangómez, after the Utah Jazz have terminated his contract. Ricky Rubio, on the other hand, is very close to returning to Cleveland. As he advanced ESPN, the Catalan base would return to some Cavaliers in which he played. last season until a serious knee injury sidelined him. of the tracks. The franchise transferred him after intervening in the Indiana Pacers in an operation that made more sense financially than in sports for both franchises. Until his injury in December, Rubio was performing stellar, averaging 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 28.5 minutes per game.