The NBA Finals don’t begin until Thursday — a full week after the conference finals ended — and the wait was fine for a day or two. It is no longer fine. For many of us, the break is a welcome reprieve from over a month of near-nightly basketball.
And we thought Kevin Durant refusing to meet with the Nets last summer in free agency was cold. Durant, tired of being blamed for the lack of parity around the NBA or some teams’ inability to compete — and looking at the Nets — said it is not his fault Brooklyn traded its future away to the Celtics and, as a result, isn’t any good. Durant has been painted as the league’s biggest villain since the day he left the Thunder for the Warriors, the team that won a record 73 games in 2015-16 and just knocked Oklahoma City out of the playoffs. But Durant, in an interview with USA Today, recently shot back at his haters and threw shade at the Nets while doing so. “Like I’m the reason why [expletive] Orlando
June 1 is Thursday, opening a month of big moves. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the draft, but in the days after the June 22 event at Barclays, the Nets will have to start making decisions on free agents, their own as well as others. That’s where we begin. And as we’ve been saying... Change and continuity June isn’t just about the draft. It is the start of free agency as well, a hectic time for trades and decision time for team and player options. So let’s take a look at the current state of play, starting with the biggest uncertainty, the team options. Six Nets players, 40 percent of the roster, have team options totaling $10 million for next year: K.J. McDaniels, Quincy Acy, Joe Harris,