NBA free agency began Sunday evening. It pretty much ended Sunday evening, too. Kawhi Leonard is the only max-level star who hasn’t already made a decision on where to play next season. The next best free agent on the board is probably DeMarcus Cousins. Thank goodness the NBA cracked down on tampering!
Here’s our running tally of the biggest winners and losers of free agency. The Nets were the team that scored the vaunted Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving coup, an incredible turn of fortune for a team that spent much of the last half-decade somewhere between laughingstock and forgotten team. Durant, of course, will miss the season recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. But Irving should give Brooklyn a turbo boost next season. Can’t wait to see how Kyrie and KD get along on the court.
Durant’s choice of the Nets led to the biggest shocker of the night: the Warriors elected to use that move to acquire D’Angelo Russell in a sign and trade with Brooklyn. Yes, D’Angelo Russell is now a Golden State Warrior. The five-time defending West champs signed Russell to a four-year, $117 million deal. Yes, that’s the wildest possible turn of events on every level. The Warriors had to trade Andre Iguodala to avoid being hard-capped after the deal; they gave up a future pick to the Grizzlies to salary dump Iguodala in Memphis.
There was lots, lots more. We’ll run down as much as possible in the next section, but there was so much there’s bound to be something missing.
The Suns picked up their point guard with a three-year deal for Ricky Rubio.
The Jazz, who’d already traded for Mike Conley, added Bojan Bogdanovic and Ed Davis.
The Knicks ... yeah, the Knicks did stuff, too.
Gonna go light on links in the wake of the first blast of free agency news — more on Tuesday.
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