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The Brooklyn Nets could be giving up on Ben Simmons already


Kevin Durant (left) and Kyrie Irving

Kevin Durant (left) and Kyrie Irving
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Welp, that could possibly be it, of us.

It seems to be just like the Ben Simmons-Brooklyn Nets marriage is already in hassle and desires resuscitation. Based on Ian Begley of SNY, the previous Rookie of the Yr could possibly be on the commerce block.

“Ben Simmons’ title got here up within the talks, sources say,” Begley reported.

Since bringing in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in 2019, Brooklyn has not accomplished something proper. If the purpose is attaining particular person milestones, then they’re on monitor, however not if the purpose is successful titles. The signings of Durant and Irving appear like one of many greatest NBA errors of the previous decade. This could possibly be worse than the earlier regime buying and selling for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett after they had been previous their primes.

Proprietor Joe Tsai should be kicking himself each time Irving opens his mouth or Tweets incoherently, solely to play the sufferer when the backlash is available in waves. Tsai has most likely seen his title in headlines extra usually than he ever thought he would after shopping for the crew.

Of the strikes Brooklyn has made (and there have been loads) since 2019, none have produced the outcomes Tsai paid for. Durant sat out the primary yr, which was interrupted by the COVID-19 world shutdown, and since he’s returned to the court docket, all they’ve accomplished is advance to the semifinal spherical of the NBA Playoffs. That’s the furthest Brooklyn’s gone, and simply final season, they had been swept out of the primary spherical.

The Ben Simmons trade in February for the player (James Harden) they’d traded for one year earlier was supposed to rejuvenate this roster and add a wrinkle the team was missing. Well, Simmons finally made his debut as a Net this season, and that wrinkle, whatever it’s supposed to be, is still missing. Not only is that wrinkle missing, but so is Simmons. He performed within the crew’s first six video games to open the season however has been inactive over the past 4 with a knee damage.

In lower than two years, the Nets have had two iterations of an enormous three, and neither has gotten them near a championship. Apparently, the final couple of years was the fault of former head coach Steve Nash, who was fired by the crew final week. Clearly, it’s Nash’s fault that Kyrie is nothing greater than an up to date model of the And 1 mixtape tour, and KD couldn’t lead a path of ants to sugar.

NBA head coaches are often a simple scapegoat for struggling groups, because it’s all the time harder to switch gamers, particularly stars. Nash was in over his head from the bounce and definitely ought to have some blame positioned on his shoulders. He wasn’t prepared for a high-profile NBA job like Brooklyn’s. The previous back-to-back league MVP would’ve been significantly better served to begin in a spot like Oklahoma Metropolis or Orlando, the place there’s zero expectation. As a substitute, Nash was allowed to scurry up the ladder due to relationships with Durant and common supervisor Sean Marks, finally biting off excess of his jaws may chew sufficiently. And the primary title we hear as Nash’s alternative is suspended Boston Celtics head coach, Ime Udoka. So, Brooklyn’s reply to fixing a large number is by including to it.

As a lot as it will damage Tsai to confess, it’s time to blow this crew up and begin over once more. Irving is a free agent on the finish of the season, and there’s no manner Tsai is giving him a brand new long-term deal. Durant has a number of years left on his contract, but when Irving isn’t re-signed, he’s not going to be glad, and he hasn’t proven the power to steer this franchise successfully, so that you would possibly as nicely grant him his want and ship him out. The identical goes for Simmons, who missed all final season and is already on the injured checklist once more after taking part in simply six video games. The Nets nonetheless lack in-depth and frontcourt manufacturing, amongst different areas. The jap convention is stacked once more with little room for error.

Typically you’ve bought to know when to say when. It’s faucet out time for Joe Tsai and the Nets. 

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