NBA star Kevin Durant has agreed to sign for the Brooklyn Nets.
The announcement was made via the Instagram account of ESPN’s docu-series “The Boardroom”, on which Golden State Warriors forward Durant is an executive producer.
The statement read: “Kevin Durant has confirmed he will sign a max deal with the Brooklyn Nets when the free agent moratorium period ends on July 6th.”
Reports suggest Durant’s contract will be for four years and 164 million US dollars.
The 6ft 9in Durant, 30, joined the Warriors from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2016 and helped them win the NBA championship in 2017 and 2018.
The two-time Olympic champion’s availability for much of next season is in doubt after he suffered an Achilles tendon injury in game six of this year’s finals, having only just returned from nine games out with a calf problem.
The Nets were also widely reported to have agreed deals with Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving and New York Knicks centre DeAndre Jordan as NBA free agency opened on Sunday night.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player – beating the likes of James Harden and Paul George.
The Milwaukee Bucks forward picked up the league’s most prestigious prize for the first time at the NBA Awards on Monday night.
He denied Harden a second consecutive victory, and became the third youngest player to be named MVP over the past 40 years.
Accepting the award at a ceremony in California, the 24-year-old broke down in tears as he thanked his “hero” mother and late father for supporting him.
“This is just the beginning,” he said. “My goal is to win a championship. As my dad told me, always want more but never be greedy.
“My goal is to win a championship and I’m going to do whatever it takes to make that happen.”
Antetokounmpo’s impressive 2018-19 season saw him notch up an average of 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game, leading the Bucks to their best record since the 1980-81 season.
He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in Bucks history to be named MVP.
“We are beyond proud of Giannis for earning his first MVP award,” said Bucks general manager Jon Horst, quoted on the team’s official website.
“This well-deserved honour is due to his relentless hard work and dedication in becoming the most impactful player in the NBA.
“Giannis propelled the Bucks to great heights last season with his leadership, drive and unselfish play.
“His grace on and off the court has made him one of the most admired players in the world.”
Former winners of the award include Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – as well as four-time victor LeBron James.
Other winners at the 2019 awards included Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, who won the Rookie of the Year award, and Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors, who was named Most Improved Player.
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NBA stars Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Kemba Walker, and WNBA star Maya Moore along with filmmaker Spike Lee were the judges in the 15th edition of Quai54 dunk contest on Saturday in Paris.
The contest was held at the Emile Anthoine Stadium near the Eiffel Tower and saw Slam dunk champion Isaiah Rivera get the most points for his dunks – some of which featured Detroit Pistons NBA player Blake Griffin.
The Puerto Rican was up against three of the top dunkers in the world, beating Frenchman Guy Dupuy, American Jordan Southerland and Congolese Daniel Kabeya to the victory.