We knew that the start of free agency would immediately yield to mayhem. What we didn’t know is that we would be receiving this major news, this soon for the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn is making a clean sweep tonight: Brooklyn will sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
That’s right, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and DeAndre Jordan will reportedly be joining the Nets. Free Agency has just opened up and the Nets will have a much different looking roster next year.
DeMarre Carroll, Jared Dudley, D’Angelo Russell, Ed Davis, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are all on their way out of Brooklyn. The 3 named above and Garrett Temple will be joining the Nets next year as more than solid replacements. As you probably know by now, Kevin Durant had tore his achilles during the Finals which means he’ll miss most, if not all, of next season.
So, the Nets team won’t be complete next season. But, that doesn’t mean they won’t compete. We want to evaluate the starting lineup and the bench unit now to see what their team will look like next season.
It’s still very early, but this is what we think the rotation will look like:
PG: Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie
SG: Joe Harris, Caris LeVert
SF: Garrett Temple, Dzanan Musa, Taurean Prince
PF: Rodions Kurucs, Nicolas Claxton
C: DeAndre Jordan, Jarrett Allen
There are a few things we want to address here. First, the biggest lineup choice we had was whether LeVert should start over Kurucs and move Temple to the 4. That was just a little concerning for us as Temple really isn’t a power forward. This also allows the opportunity for Claxton to prove his worth first and then end up moving into the starting lineup later on during the season potentially.
Second, we don’t know what they’ll decide with the center position. Our thought is that they’ll give DJ the starting nod because of his veteran prowess, but Jarrett Allen has been really good for the Nets. Offensively, he is still a work in process, but DeAndre Jordan isn’t that much better. Those are the 2 major decisions that we believe Coach Atkinson will have to make this upcoming season barring any major changes with the roster.
Kevin Durant will hopefully be fully healthy for the 2020-2021 season and would slot in at that 4 spot and make this Brooklyn Nets team one of the most feared in the NBA.