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It seems safe to say the Nets are now a legitimate contender

It seems safe to say the Nets are now a legitimate contender

At some point, the dust is going to settle on the chaotic spectacle that is NBA free agency.

For the time being, we know a few things, including that the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to deals with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

While it's difficult to completely understand what Durant and Irving heading to Brooklyn means for the landscape of the NBA until other stars like Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler make their decisions, it's probably safe to say that there's another legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. 

Durant will spend next season rehabbing after tearing his Achillles tendon in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, so we'll have to wait to see Brooklyn's full potential. General manager Sean Marks has intelligently assembled a pretty strong supporting cast for his stars, with Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris and Taurean Prince among the players under contract for next season.

The Nets have also already added veteran guard Garrett Temple in free agency, according to a report from The Undefeated's Marc Spears. 

There's no doubt Brooklyn's roster is going to be a lot stronger than the group that lost to the Sixers in the first round of the playoffs last year. 

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

There’s been a lot made of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ fit on the court. In the past, there have been rumblings of the pair not necessarily getting along off it.

During All-Star Weekend in Chicago, the pair seemed to get along swimmingly.

But there was this fun moment we likely all missed initially.

While it’s true that they’re very different people and may not be best friends, it seems like they have a mutual respect and admiration for one another.

Both players shined throughout the night. Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) put on a show during his first run, dunking everything in sight. Team Giannis basically ran their offense through Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds, one ridiculous Dream Shake on LeBron) down the stretch.

Their chemistry appears to be growing. That could only help the Sixers as they look to go on a run in the final 27 games after the All-Star break.

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