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The net has been preparing for the summer for some time. Earlier in June, they officially opened another Max Pocket Port by unloading veteran guard Allen Crabbe to the Atlanta Hawks. Now they are moving towards securing a free-duty commitment from Kyrie Irving, the first legitimate superstar that the franchise has ever signed as a free free agent.
They are also expected to be one of the four teams to meet with Kevin Durant, a close friend of Irving, who has long been interested in collaborating with the All-Star Point Guard. Landing Durant would be a game for the future because he will almost certainly miss out on all the 2019-20 season, recovering from a demolished Achilles link in the final with the Golden State Warriors. Even with this warning, signing the future Hall of Famer would be the best case for Brooklyn.
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The network is in a unique position: They have room for two stars and enough young supporting players already in the fold to be a playoff team regardless. In 2019, they traveled from three consecutive lottery seasons to secure No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in five first-round matches. Their core players are only set to improve in the coming years and they are currently in the short window where they are all on cheap rookie deals.
But the window is coming soon.
Promising young wing Caris LeVert is eligible this summer for a rookie extension that would kick in after the coming season. The great man Jarrett Allen will come up with the same deal next summer and is due to a huge pay rise after the 2020-21 season. Marks has planned this, knowing in the summer that he is able to significantly upgrade the roasts to put Brooklyn back in serious battle in the east.
Signing Irving is the first step and even it is a gamble on the strength of cultural marks and the main features Kenny Atkinson has built. Irving will be the actual replacement for point guard D & # 39; Angelo Russell, who is expected to leave Brooklyn on the weekend as a limited free agent. Russell is a poster child for the success of the networks under the Marks regime.
When he was traded to Brooklyn from the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2017, 2015 No. 2 brought the overall pick with him some concerns about his maturity after two disappointing seasons. For two years with the nets he flourished into an All Star.
Irving is a clear upgrade of talent over Russell, but he has many of the same concerns Russell came into. After a catastrophic season in Boston, there is plenty of reason to worry about the effect he can have on a closet. The net betting foundation they have built will be enough to comfort them worries comfortably.
If Durant does not come with Irving, Brooklyn will have other options, but they will be expensive. They are likely to monitor both Sixers' free agent wings: Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler.
Butler, also a friend of Irving, who goes back to their time with the United States Basketball, has been linked to the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and both Los Angeles teams; He can also rewrite in Philadelphia. With Brooklyn apparently out of service for Kawhi Leonard, Butler is the clear next best option on the market if they miss Durant. Adding an Irving-Butler duo to the core of LeVert, Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie and Young Forward Rodion's Kurucs would pour them into the upper part of the Eastern Conference.
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Harris, a New York native, could also be an option, albeit an animal. Philadelphia, like Butler, has sent signals that they will keep Harris, and it will probably take a maximum or nearly maximum bid for another team to steal him away.
Harris is square in the second level of free agents available; He is a fantastic secondary scoring option but a notch below the Durant-Irving-Leonard-Butler level. Signing Harris for mating with Irving would make the net better this season, but unless LeVert or Allen flourishes for a superstar in the coming years, their ceiling could be limited.
The networks have a good position neither. With Irving coming in, they could still lure Durant to sign so he could rehab for the entire next season while being competitive in the Eastern Conference playoff race. If he does not participate, they may turn to one of the other big names in the market or keep their options open with the deal down the line.
Brooklyn has been preparing for more than a year to make a squash this summer, and with Irving all but sealed, the networks have achieved part of that goal. What they do to follow it up will be crucial.