Brooklyn Nets: After wild night, Nets are better … but how much?

Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Brooklyn Nets had the biggest day in free agency in their history on Sunday, securing commitments from Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan.

Brooklyn Nets fans are all over the spectrum on Monday morning, hours after the biggest free agency splash in the franchise’s history.

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There has been jubilation, a lot of jabs taken at the New York Knicks and their fan base and quite a bit of shock after the Nets secured commitments from Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan — three players that have combined for 17 All-Star selections and appearances on 14 All-NBA teams.

Durant will officially become a Net as part of a two-way sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors, with D’Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham reportedly going the other way in the deal.

Irving, rumored to be coming to Brooklyn for the last several weeks, made it as official as he could, reportedly agreeing to a four-year deal to leave the Boston Celtics.

Jordan, meanwhile, has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal, with Durant and Irving taking less than the maximum to make that offer possible.

The Nets have also reportedly come to terms with journeyman veteran wing Garrett Temple.

On the flip side of that, Russell, Napier and Graham are headed to the Warriors, while DeMarre Carroll agreed to a two-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs and Ed Davis is reportedly going to the Utah Jazz on a two-year contract.

Other than that, however, it was a very quiet night for the Nets (insert eye roll here).

The Nets should be better in 2019-20 than they were in 2018-19, when they won 42 games and reached the playoffs for the first time since 2015 before being eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers bullied the Nets badly over the final four games after Brooklyn won the series opener.

But how much better will Brooklyn be next season? That’s open to speculation, but we won’t begin to know the real answer until they start playing games in October.