Five years ago …
The Clippers were involved in Donald Sterling's scandal. There were talk of players boycotting. The entire franchise seemed poisonous.
The net went into years of pain. They had traded several future first rounds for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who quickly declined and left the team in the basement. Brooklyn looked hopeless.
Suddenly, Clippers and Nets are the freshest forces of the NBA after major offseason coups. Kawhi Leonard signed with Clippers and convinced Paul George to request a trade to accompany him. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joined Brooklyn through the free agency.
This level of star grouping in a single summer has never been seen before.
One team has added two reigning All-NBA players in the same offseason only three times:
- 2019 Network: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving
- 2014 Cavalry: LeBron James and Kevin Love
In 2014, LeBron returned to Cleveland and struck love for joining him. Cavs acted for Love with insurance he would write next year.
The stories are similar to LA and Brooklyn this year.
Leonard wanted to return to his secret southern California, and he got George – another California native – to come along. Durant may object to the view he was recruiting, but playing near New Jersey is a return for Irving. It seems that Durant gives priority to playing somewhere with Irving.
The big difference between this year's situation and Cavaliers 2014: No established star attracted Leonard, George, Durant and Irving to their new teams. Cleveland had Irving as a tie for LeBron and eventually Love.
The Clippers were starless. The networks had no All-Star until D & # 39; Angelo Russell was named a damn compensation, and they were not keepinh him on landing Durant and Irving. (Russell has been sent to the warriors in a double sign and trade.)
It's another way that these situations are unmatched.
Only eight teams have added several government stars in the same offseason since the NBA-ABA merger. The previous six already had an established star that helped build the appeal: