DarkXaero wrote:As much as I always held hope that we could one day sign him (or other stars in FA), I still gotta admit that I was completely wrong about one thing: record doesn't matter in attracting FAs. I felt that it wouldn't have been a factor if we didn't win many games, but now I think that it most certainly was one of the deciding factors for these guys. If we hadn't made the playoffs this year, I don't think KD & Kyrie would be Nets right now. Because even though we were only sixth seed, and won just one game in our series, it still proved the credentials of our young guys, our coaching staff, and our organization. And that's perhaps the most appealing factor to these guys, who want a solid supporting cast around them, and go into a situation where they know that the supporting cast is capable, rather than just unproven potential.
And while the media right now is (sadly) more obsessed with the Knicks' failure rather than Nets' success, I think that the whole narrative of "KD would have picked the Knicks if he didn't get injured" is wrong. I think it was decided some time ago by both of them that they'll play in Brooklyn, and it may have not been 100% certain on KD's side until the start of free agency, but I do think this was the case. I think the much bigger factor would have been if the Knicks landed Zion, that could have changed everything. With time, hopefully this info will come out, and the media can stop talking about that narrative.
It still doesn't really.
What was Lakers record last year?
If the Nets weren't in Brooklyn, would the Knicks have been an option for KD?
We were the option because we were also in NY...but have the advantage of having a more stable infrastructure.
If this team was the NJ Nets...with Marks and Kenny and the exact same situation cap and roster wise...
Do these guys sign here? My gut feeling is no.
And you can replace NJ with whatever most other NBA cities (Memphis, Utah, Sacramento, etc).
It was NY...and we were the more attractive NY option.
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