The Suns, the winners of the NBA market with the arrival of Durant
The Phoenix Suns are the new reference team in the NBA . Those who have strengthened themselves better in the market, closed this Thursday with important movements. The agreement with the Brooklyn Nets for the transfer of Kevin Durant What makes them the big winners is a transfer market, which has had a frenetic pace at closing time. The arrival of one of the best players in the League allows them to climb the rung that they lacked. in 2021, when they lost in the final against the Milwaukee Bucks, and it makes them one of the main favorites for the ring.
The incorporation of Durant,< /strong> 34 years old, with two NBA rings in his time at Golden State, is the best possible letter of introduction for businessman Mat Ishbia, who has just taken ownership of the Phoenix Suns and also that of the Phoenix Mercury, who compete in the women's league, for 4,000 million dollars.
Ishbia, a founding partner of a Chicago-based venture capital firm Shore Capital, who came from He is the one who has taken over from Robert Sarver, the owner of both teams and also from RCD Mallorca, who put it up for sale after being accused by club employees of abusive, sexist and racist behavior.
The best thing for the Suns is that they incorporate Durant into their roster, without having had to get rid of any of its stars such as point guard Chris Paul, the shooting guard Devin Bookeror center DeAndre Ayton, which will allow them to play. complete a luxury starting five.
Doncic-Irving, the new couple
Dallas Mavericks is another of the franchises that has clearly emerged strengthened from this market of winter. The arrival of Kyie Irving has boosted the chances of the team led by the Slovenian star Kyrie Irving at a competitive level, despite the price paid for the operation, with the departure of Spencer Dinwiddie or Dorian Finney-Smith, in addition to several rounds of ‘draft’. The arrival of the controversial and controversial Australian point guard also poses a relative risk for the franchise owned by Mark Cuban , installed in the middle zone of the Western Conference. If the chemistry between Irving and Doncic works, the Mavs can compete for the conference finals. Otherwise, Irving's contract is up this summer and he could be released.
Two men and one destiny.
¡Kyrie Irving will play the game. in the Dallas Mavericks with Luka Doncic! 💣💣#dormiresdecobardes pic.twitter.com/TV9aRDqms2
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On a second level, there are several teams that have managed to improve their locker rooms in this market. This is the case of the Lakers, who in the short term have achieved a competitive squad with which to fight for the ‘play-offs’. To surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they've brought in D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Mo Bamba and Davon Reed.
All are players who add up to the game. They add an outside shot, and athleticism to a squad in need of punch. The Lakers, in return, have managed to part with Russell Westbrook He joined the Utah Jazz, in a three-way operation also with Minnesota, which has received Mike Conley. Westbrook's time in Los Angeles has been far from what was expected.
The Clippers have also added to their roster arsenal with new elements for his second unit such as Mason Plumlee, Eric Gordon and Bones Hyland in exchange for losing Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard and John Wall. Milwaukee, with a more than balanced roster, has been reinforced by Jae Crowder to give more experience and physique to the team led by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Ibaka, the only Spaniard involved
In the list of losers at the close of the market, we must inevitably include the Nets, a franchise that has lost all its hallmarks and that it will be seen again. forced to be completely rebuilt with the consecutive departures ofKyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, without getting any top players in return.
The Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat all had big names with interest. market that would have allowed them to reinforce their templates for greater aspirations. None of these teams was able to close an operation in the last few hours, while the Golden State Warriors they ended up getting rid of a number two in the ‘draft’ of 2020, James Wiseman, who ended up with the Detroit Pistons, to recover Gary Payton II again.
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Serge Ibaka is the only Spanish player in the American league involved in trades. TheThe Milwaukee Bucks included him in a trade with the Nets and Pacers that has brought Crowder to Milwaukee and the 33-year-old Spanish-Congolese center to Indiana. But this team intends to release him from the contract, which will allow him to continue. Ibaka to negotiate his future as a free agent.
Willy Hernangómez, for his part, follow & aacute; He signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, despite the fact that he had asked the franchise to leave due to a lack of playing time, although the 28-year-old center from Madrid, as soon as his continuity, he maintains his positive attitude as he left the Of course, in his Twitter account. “Committed and wanting to make noise in the ‘play-offs,’ he published. Also his brother Juancho will follow his brother. in the Toronto Raptors, despite not having excessive prominence (3 points, 3 minutes and a half in 15 minutes).