For almost a decade, NBA Free Agency has taken on a new identity.
Since 2010’s infamous ‘The Decision’ – when LeBron James announced he was going to take his talents to South Beach to team up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – elite NBA players are not only dictating which team they want to play for but they’re teaming up with other All-Stars as well. Fast forward to 2019 and we’re seeing the same kind of moves.
Last week Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant agreed to sign with the Nets, a move that many speculate was calculated months ago and this past weekend Kawhi Leonard agreed to a deal with the Clippers only if Los Angeles traded with the Thunder for All-Star Paul George. Leonard, of course, got what he wanted and will team up with George on a team that’s already projected to win the NBA Finals in 2020.
Teams are bending over backward to appease NBA stars, however, what does this say about a player’s loyalty and what will the future hold for such a player-driven league? Cedric Maxwell of The Cedric Maxwell Podcast has seen the evolution of free agency and is still puzzled by Irving’s decision to leave Boston and head to Brooklyn – his “home.”
Max discusses Irving’s new Nike commercial in Brooklyn and wonders what happened between the All-Star guard’s 2018 video of Irving playing 1-on-1 at TD Garden with his father, talking about one day having his number retired and Irving’s verbal commitment to sign with the Nets. How could things get so bad that Irving would back out of such a concrete statement before leaving the Celtics without a single farewell to the organization and its fans?
Check out this week’s fascinating episode as Max and Josue Pavon delve into NBA Free Agency, Kyrie Irving and much more.