The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly among the teams that want to sign Kevin Durant to a max contract this summer, and they appear to have a plan in place to help convince him to choose them.
Durant is close friends with DeAndre Jordan, who is also set to become a free agent next month. According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Nets are looking into the possibility of signing Jordan to help lure Durant to Brooklyn.
The Nets are exploring the feasibility of signing Kevin Durant's close friend DeAndre Jordan in free agency, league sources say, in hopes that would make the prospect of teaming up in Brooklyn with Kyrie Irving even more enticing to Durant
Stein notes that the New York Knicks, who also want to sign Durant, may have a similar plan.
The Knicks, of course, hung onto DeAndre Jordan after acquiring him from Dallas in the Porzingis blockbuster in February and have shown interest in re-signing Jordan depending on how the roster shakes out — interest that naturally rises if Durant chooses Madison Square Garden
The Nets are believed to be the frontrunner to sign Kyrie Irving, and a separate report on Monday claimed Irving and Durant have spoken multiple times recently about the possibility of teaming up together. If the Nets sign both Irving and Jordan, you can see how that might help them make a strong pitch to Durant.
The 2018-2019 NBA season is in the books, and now free agency looms in the coming weeks. The class is absolutely loaded with talented players who could change the league. While there are obvious names, there are also some less visible players that have the opportunity to hit the open market and make a real impact, whether it’s by staying with their current team or seeking a new home. Much will revolve around the stars, but the market is deep, and there are a lot of exciting storylines to follow as teams look to chase down the Toronto Raptors to become the next NBA champion.
Here are ten free agents whose journeys this summer will be among the most intriguing.
10. Khris Middleton, F
Middleton has become an enormous part of the Milwaukee Bucks’ rise to the top of the Eastern Conference, but if they want to keep him, they’re going to have to pony up the cash. Middleton has hinted that he won’t give the Bucks a hometown discount, and his comments all but confirmed his intention to decline his player option. A premier three-and-D forward, he can help many teams, but his best fit may be Milwaukee — if they pay him.
Jordan has played eight games with Dallas and is averaging his usual double-double. The Knicks would probably like to have him, but considering they’re not really trying to win and are embracing a youth movement, Jordan’s absence won’t really be the end of the world for them.
DeAndre Jordan’s improvement from the free-throw line this season has gone from drastic to now downright unconscionable.
Before Saturday’s game against the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle revealed that he would potentially be using Jordan as the team’s techical free throw shooter in certain situations, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
Rick Carlisle says DeAndre Jordan, who is shooting a career-best from the foul line, could potentially be used as a technical foul shooter "in certain situations." A career 45 percent FT shooter, Jordan is shooting 80 percent this year.
Carlisle made good on his word during the game, as Jordan shot a technical foul shot for the team late in the fourth quarter. Though the veteran big man missed the free throw, the Mavericks were up by nine at the time with 12.7 seconds left, so it made little difference.
DeAndre Jordan shoots – and misses – a technical free throw after Marcus Smart is called for one.
Jordan, a historically awful free throw shooter who entered the year at 45 percent from the line for his career and had never shot better than 53 percent in a season, has suddenly enjoyed dramatic success now that he is in Dallas. He entered play on Saturday shooting 80 percent from the stripe this season, which is actually the highest mark among qualified Mavericks.
DeAndre Jordan is offering a little token of gratitude to the LA Clippers as a thank you for the last ten years.
Brad Turner of the LA Times reported on Tuesday that the All-Star center, who agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks earlier this week, sent a dessert truck to the team’s offices as well as to their practice facility in Playa Vista.
A class move by DeAndre Jordan sending a dessert truck to Clippers practice facility in Playa Vista and Clippers offices.
Jordan was drafted by the Clippers as a raw 19-year-old in 2008 and gradually developed into one of the best centers in the game. He had been the longest-tenured member of the team by far and holds multiple all-time franchise records, including for games played and total rebounds.
Though Jordan is now leaving the only NBA team that he has ever known, it looks like it’s all love between him and the Clippers as they part ways (which wasn’t exactly the case with the last star who left the team).
It’s still very early in NBA free agency, but players are already committing to sign contracts with teams — some old, some new. Some of these deals make a lot of sense, while others are headscratchers, even with many of the offseason dominoes yet to fall.
Here are five of the best and worst deals of free agency in the NBA so far — and remember, none of these contracts can become official until July 6, so things are subject to change.
5) Nuggets to sign Will Barton to four-year, $54 million deal
Keeping their core intact is a big deal for the Nuggets, who are also set to ink Nikola Jokic long-term in the week ahead as well. It’s a great deal for Barton, who gets a lot of guaranteed money, and the Nuggets get to keep a player who became very valuable to them. He’s a 37 percent three-point shooter and a threat on the perimeter coveted by many teams. It’s a deal that works for both sides.
4) Bucks to sign Ersan Ilyasova to three-year, $21 million deal
Ilyasova knows Milwaukee well, and he does a lot of things that will help a team. He’s a competent defender who can stretch the floor and shoot from the perimeter, and the Sixers even employed him as a small-ball center at times, opening up a new possible route for his game. It’s not hard to envision him paired with Giannis Antetokounmpo in a smaller lineup causing some havoc. The three year deal is a risk for Milwaukee, but a big win for Ilyasova, who should fit in nicely and rather affordably in Milwaukee.
3) Nets to sign Ed Davis to one-year, $4.4 million deal
Davis seems perpetually underused and underpaid, and here he is again on a rather cheap deal, but one that could pay dividends for Brooklyn. Davis isn’t a starter, but he can come off the bench and grab you rebounds and score you some points in stretches. Players like that are very valuable, and it’s even better if you can get them on low-risk contracts such as this one. Worst-case scenario? He becomes a nice little trade chip in February.
2) Mavericks to sign DeAndre Jordan to one-year, $24 million deal
It’s a low-risk, high-reward move for both sides. The Mavericks aren’t contenders, but getting a year of Jordan ensures that they have a quality player that they’re not married to long-term if things don’t work out. Jordan gets a nice payday and the opportunity to rebuild some value. He’s still an offensive weapon, though some concerns began to arise about his defense last season. If he answers those, he could either opt to make his stay long-term or get one more big contract somewhere else next summer.