June 30, 2019 could go down in Brooklyn Nets history as a franchise-changing day. After making the playoffs in 2019, they're poised to sign several big free agents that could alter their fortunes for years to come.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets are set to sign Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and DeAndre Jordan when free agency begins later tonight. The trio has combined to make 17 All-Star appearances and have three NBA championships between them.
Brooklyn ended a four-year playoff drought this past season, going 42-40 thanks in part to a spectacular season from D'Angelo Russell. The team was swiftly eliminated by the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
After the season, general manager Sean Marks surprised many by making various moves to open up slots for max free agents - including letting the impending free agent Russell walk.
The Nets may not see massive results in Year One of these deals given that Durant is expected to miss most if not all of the 2019-20 season with a ruptured Achilles. But Kyrie alone could make the team at least several wins better than last year.
Oddsmakers have already boosted the team's 2020 NBA championship odds:
With Kyrie and Jordan poised to contribute this coming season and Durant likely to return in the 2020-21 season, the Brooklyn Nets are well-positioned to be an NBA title contender within a year or two.
Not bad for a team once thought to be years and years away from recovering from their famously bad trade for Kevin Garnet and Paul Pierce.