Stand up, Brooklyn!
Your Nets are reportedly on the brink of bringing in impending free agents Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in a shocking series of developments. Brooklyn always had room for two max contract slots this offseason but nobody truly believed they would actually land two of the NBA's top 10 players in one day.
Lo and behold, however, it's a reality. Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving will sign a four-year, $141 million contract and Durant will ink a four-year, $164 million deal once free agency commences at 6 p.m. ET Sunday evening. That's $41 mil per year for KD and roughly $35 mil per year for Kyrie.
Woj is no stranger to dropping nuclear bombs on us basketball junkies, but KD's reported free agency decision had all the makings to be something special. His report has swiftly neutralized any potential surprise factor.
Regardless, this massive news has firmly and abundantly altered the balance of power in the Eastern Conference. The Nets, formerly a rising team a year or two away from making serious noise in the postseason can now be penciled in as Finals favorites -- once Durant returns from his Achilles injury, that is.
How are we feeling Boston, Milwaukee, and Philly?
Our guess is not great, at least after next season.