Kevin Durant‘s decision to go to the Nets was not an easy one to make. Golden State, New York, and Brooklyn were reportedly in contention, but it’s beginning to sound like the two Atlantic Division teams were always the frontrunners, as Mark Berman of The New York Post writes.
There were people in Durant’s camp that wanted him to go to the Knicks, according to Jay Williams (former NBA player and friend of Durant’s). Williams also said that the Knicks trading away Kristaps Porzingis was not a factor in KD’s decision.
Here’s more from around the league:
- There’s pretty much no chance that the Wizards add DeMarcus Cousins, The Athletic’s Fred Katz writes. Washington brought back Thomas Bryant in free agency and the team is committed to developing him.
- Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com examines the Knicks strategy this offseason and makes the case that they made the moves possible given that no stars were coming in free agency. New York will have cap flexibility next summer and the team will likely get one more chance to land a top pick in the lottery.
- The Cavaliers didn’t have the flexibility to make major free-agent signings this offseason, but next summer, the team projects to have the ability to make a big splash, Joe Vardon of The Athletic relays. Cleveland will have upwards of $55MM in cap room, assuming they don’t add any long-term salary before then.
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9 thoughts on “Free Agency Notes: Durant, Knicks, Cousins”
Cousins just sign with the Lakers.
Pass! To slow and injury prone.
Also, they have AD and Kuzma.
Thank goodness the wizards won’t get cousins
Cousins will go to Heat, they lost Whiteside and will be able to con him into coming for cheap.
Only way I see that happen is if the Heat somehow move Olynyk and Leonard. The Clippers make the most sense. They need a big, and they could use the scoring around their defenders
Vonleh and Wilson Chandler signed for 1 year $4.5 million combined and the Knicks paid Bobby Portis $31 million for 2 years and Taj Gibson $20 million over 2 years. They could have got players to fill their needs and still had cap space to obtain assets through taking on salary in trades. As I’ve been saying, at least they didnt sign anyone beyond the 1-2 year deals, as I mentioned, but they did were really inefficient with their money
Can’t wait to see thin skin Durant with the NY media. Nets better have plenty of Kleenex ready for that cry baby.