2019 NBA Free Agency – The Big Bets to Follow
The long awaited 2019 NBA free-agency is here. Contracts expire, players seek new homes, teams assess their rosters, and everyone has their eyes out for the best deals. After a day, word has already gotten out on who could be going to which teams. And we’ve compiled a list of the biggest deals currently on the table.
Nets — Durant, Irving, Jordan
The Brooklyn Nets seem to be having their way during the first day of the free-agency. They feel confident that their talks with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will be successful. Two-time Finals MVP Durant, and Irving are two of the most highly sought-after names in the free-agency showdown. Hailing from Golden State Warriors, and Boston Celtics, respectively, these are the two you want to keep an eye on. Although there aren’t any details on either deal yet, it’s almost certain both will be taking their skills to Brooklyn. What is clearer, is the Nets’ deal to land New York Knicks DeAndre Jordan for $40 million over four years.
Warriors — Russell, Napier, Graham
Via sign-and-trade with the Nets, the Golden State Warriors will be adding D’Angelo Russell to their roster this year. The deal will also include Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham. Besides this landmark trade, the Warriors are looking to meet with Kevon Looney over a potential deal this summer.
Celtics — Walker
It seems decided that the Boston Celtics will be signing Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets for a four-year deal reportedly worth $141 million. In addition to this, the Celtics are also looking to re-sign Al Horford, and are taking an interest in Portland Trail Blazers’ Enes Kanter.
The biggest name in the free-agency is still reportedly free, with only talk and deals only being planned as of the moment. Kawhi Leonard of the first time finalists and champions, Toronto Raptors is suspected to meet with the Clippers, Lakers, as well as the Raptors to determine who gets to have him in their roster.
All deals as reported are only promissory, and will not be final until the 6th of July, when the moratorium period ends. But even still, everyone is rushing to pull off the stops that will get them the best names they can afford. The free-agency period is only expected to grow more intense over the coming days leading to the 6th.