Three years ago, the Brooklyn Nets were the worst team in the NBA.
On Sunday they were the history of the league.
They agreed to bargain with superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of a sensational start for a freelance agency, starring long-time New York team No.2 in the Big Apple at the top.
They landed two of the top players available, both multi-year All-Stars and NBA champions, and they were not finished either. They also added Center DeAndre Jordan, who played with Durant and Irving in the 2016 US Olympic gold medal team, and the veteran Swingman Garrett Temple.
It was such a strong victory that the Crosstown Knicks even issued a confirmation The disappointment of their fans, just three hours after the start of the shopping season.
And it was all the more remarkable, as the Nets were not long ago.
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At 20, they reached nadir -62 in 2016-17 when Durant NBA Finals MVP won in its first season with Golden State, after the Warriors Irvings had defeated Cleveland Cavaliers for the title.
Now they will try to win one together.
They may have to wait a year when Duran could not miss next season while recovering from a broken Achilles tendon. But with Irving, who takes control of the offensive and has a promising young core around him, the Nets should be a playoff team, even though Durant is recovering.
The Nets returned to the playoffs last season after playing between 42 and 40. A team on the rise. Brooklyn could rise to the top after the moves on Sunday.
Even after winning titles in his first two seasons with the Warriors, there has long been speculation that Durant might leave. Much of this speculation, however, was directed at the Knicks, who had over $ 70 million and were able to sign after trading with Kristaps Porzingis during the season two top free agents.
Right city, but wrong team.
The Nets I was confident in what they could offer from their roster through their medical staff to their facilities. And when they completed a cap clearing deal last month, they became even more attractive by releasing the salary to retract two stars.
Irving should not be one of them a few months ago, as he said Last fall, he planned a new application in Boston. But despite his good stats, it was a bad season for him at the Celtics, who were considered favorites in the Eastern Conference but were lost in the second round.
Irving became frustrated and pondered his plans. He decided that his future was not in Boston. but in Brooklyn. Now he plays for the team he saw in his childhood in New Jersey, where the Nets played before moving to the Barclays Center in 2012.
Even if the Nets had better teams, the Knicks still received more attention and it sometimes felt like they were always the marquee team in town.
That changed on Sunday in a New York minute.
The nets were not just the talk of the city, but the entire league, and when the Knicks were closed. When they came out early, they took the rare step of commenting on their situation.
"Although we understand that some Knicks fans might be disappointed with today's news, we remain optimistic and confident to rebuild the Knicks to fight for future championship core of the young players," said Knicks President Steve Mills in a statement.
The Knicks finally agreed to deal with the strikers Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis so they got something.
Only approximately as much as the nets.