Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kevin Durant's Nets Signing Wasn't All Because Of Kyrie Irving

Kevin Durant's Nets Signing Wasn't All Because Of Kyrie Irving

The league is seemingly wide open with at least 10 teams viewed as legitimate contenders to win the 2020 NBA Finals.

Los Angeles is getting two of the biggest National Basketball Association stars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but the fact that they're joining the Clippers instead of the Lakers has one local coffee chain banning the native Californians. The Clippers are a title favorite.

In response, the Los Angeles chain Alfred Coffee is now banning the Clippers duo from all nine locations locations in a tongue-and-cheek move on their social media accounts.

By adding arguably the league's best player and the player that finished third in regular-season MVP voting, the Clippers should compete for championships for the next several years.

The Nets announced Sunday that Durant had agreed to a four-year, $164 million deal, while Irving agreed to a four-year, $141 million contract.

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Durant and Irving, teammates on Team USA during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, reportedly had talked before last season about joining forces in free agency, and discussed several possible destinations, including the Knicks, Celtics or Nets.

Just like that, the Knicks were left with no Kevin Durant, no Kyrie Irving and no Zion Williamson. Irving signing with the Nets effectively was a foregone conclusion.

Overall, the Lakers did a nice job pivoting from the disappointment of missing on Leonard, now the question becomes what they can do as a team to maximize the talent they have accumulated. LeBron James will be a top-five player if he stays healthy.

It was always a long shot for the Lakers to get Leonard.

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