It had been widely rumored throughout the 2018-19 season thatand were set to join forces this summer.
While their final destination remained unknown until just before free agency began,power forward claims that he and his peers knew it was going to be the .
“I knew what was gonna happen in February,” Portis said, according to. “We all knew that (Durant and Kyrie Irving would go to Brooklyn). Everybody knew that. I just don’t think the media knew that. Us basketball players, we all knew that.
“I’m not going to leak my source. But we all know where they were going. I’m protecting mine, but we all knew where they were going.”
Durant and Irving haddecided to team up before the 2018-19 campaign began. A video of the two chatting at February’s All-Star Game went viral after Irving held up two fingers, which many interpreted as the number of max slots available on a certain team. Irving later denied that was the case and insisted he was just having a conversation with a friend.
However, just a couple of weeks prior to the aforementioned incident, Irving appeared to walk back a commitment to the. He told reporters “I don’t owe anybody s—” after seemingly telling fans that he planned on re-signing at a preseason fan event in October.
Irvingsigned a four-year, $141-million max contract with Brooklyn on Sunday. The announcement of Durant’s deal is expected to follow shortly.
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