NBA superstar Kevin Durant will announce his next team Sunday night — and it will be the Brooklyn Nets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
Durant will sign a four-year, $164 million deal, according to Wojnarowski, in what is expected to be part of a big free agent haul for the Nets. They also will sign point guard Kyrie Irving for four years, $141 million, as well as center DeAndre Jordan, according to multiple reports.
Durant will make his announcement via the Instagram account linked to his ESPN-owned site, The Boardroom, Wojnarowski said. Durant is the executive producer of The Boardroom, which discusses the business of sports.
Reports have indicated Durant was considering the Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and his current team, the Golden State Warriors. The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported Sunday afternoon that the Warriors would offer Durant a five-year, $221 million max contract when free agency opened at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
The Warriors are the only team from which he could receive the maximum contract.
Durant, who turns 31 in September, is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season because of the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.
The 10-time All-Star averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 78 games for the Warriors last season. He has career averages of 27 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 849 games.
Irving, a six-time All-Star, averaged 23.8 points, 6.9 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 67 games with the Boston Celtics last season. Irving, 27, has averages of 22.2 points, 5.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in his eight-year career.
Jordan, 30, averaged 11.0 points and 13.1 rebounds in 69 games last season, when he played for the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. He has career averages of 9.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in 11 seasons in the NBA.
Durant has been known to control his own message and not allow the media to spread his news.
In July 2016, when he chose to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to move on to the Warriors, he announced it via The Players Tribune, putting the link to the news on his Twitter account with the words “My next chapter.”