One thing we can expect from the upcoming 2019-20 NBA season is that we’re about to witness several new superstar duos’ who have teamed up in the offseason. This includes LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Russell Westbrook and James Harden, and of course, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Rumors of Durant and Irving teaming up started to form well before the final announcement, when footage caught Durant and Irving sharing a quick private conversation at the NBA All-Star game, many believe that Irving told Durant “two max spots.”
Kevin Durant recently spoke with Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes where he continued to insist that his partnership with Irving “just came together” and wasn’t something that had been in the works for a long time.
“I think the friendship part of the league has really grown, especially since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade became such great friends and ended up playing together,” he said. “People see friendship as the way guys are teaming up. There’s nothing wrong with people speculating. That’s just what it is, but we’re just good friends no matter what. We didn’t have to play together. It wasn’t necessary. But, we were friends before anything, and we just happened to want to hoop together. But it wasn’t a thing we planned. It just came together.”
Before the announcement, many believed that Durant was more likely to join the New York Knicks in the offseason. In what was one of the most disappointing trade periods in Knicks history, the franchise missed out on all of their main targets including both Durant and Irving.
Unfortunately for Nets fans, they will have to wait a little longer to see their new superstar duo together on the court as Durant continues to recover from the ruptured Achilles tendon, he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The injury could see the two-time Finals MVP miss the entire season which leaves questions marks surrounding the Nets chance of being a contender for the championship.
When the two are finally together on the court, they should have a very high chance of taking the Nets to the NBA Finals.