Kevin Durant's contract in Brooklyn is official and he changes his number with his address.
The Nets signed an exchange of signatures with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, along with Brooklyn and Brooklyn Durant, and a protected first-round draft pick in the draft of Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham next year. .
During last week, Durant had announced that he would sign a contract with Brooklyn, worth $ 141 million over four years, after three seasons with the Warriors. The rest of the deal was settled over the next few days and the NBA signed conditions on Sunday.
"Along with the rest of the league, our coaching staff has long admired Kevin's incredible talent, resilience and tenacity," said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson. "He's already established as a champion and one of the best players of all time, and we could not be more excited to welcome him into our program in Brooklyn."
Durant should not play at all next season while he is recovering from an injury to Achilles. When he joins a new Nets team that added Kyrie Irving this summer and officially signed him on Sunday, he will be number 7 after playing in number 35 throughout his career.
Durant issued a statement that he was wearing 35 years to honor someone "very close".
"But as I start this new chapter of my life in basketball, the number I will be wearing on my back is number 7 the next time you see me on the floor," Durant said.
Durant is a perennial star and two-time NBA champion after winning the final player title in the finals with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018. He is a scorer four times and his 22,940 points rank at third ranked active player. He missed most of last season's playoffs, first with a calf injury, then breaking Achilles in the NBA Finals – a losing streak against Toronto in six games.
"We are grateful to Kevin for the incredible things he has done for our team and our franchise during his three years with the Warriors," said Golden State General Manager Bob Myers.
Russell has been awarded a $ 117 million four-year contract with the Warriors. He was a star player for the first time last season with an average of 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.2 flights per game.
"We are delighted to add a player from the capacity of Dr. Angelo to our list," said Myers. "He just finished an All-Star season with the Nets and we think that at 23, his best basketball is definitely ahead of him in terms of his career trajectory."
Another big contract with free agents was concluded on Sunday when Utah finalized the signing of striker Bojan Bogdanovic for a $ 73 million four-year deal.
"We are very excited to welcome Bojan and his family into our organization," said Dennis Lindsey, Jazz's Executive Vice President Jazz. "His ability to play on both sides of the board in addition to his outstanding shot will make him a vital contributor to our playoff franchise and goals."
Former NBA senior player Derrick Rose also signed with Detroit on Sunday, signing a $ 15 million, two-year contract.
Many other agreements are pending, such as the signing of Kawhi Leonard with the Los Angeles Clippers and the blockbuster that will see Paul George join him via an exchange with the Oklahoma City Thunder.