Nets Notes: Irving, Harden, Thomas, Durant

An ESPN report in October pointed out that Nets ready to receive calls from groups asking about Kyrie Irving, but don’t make the call yourself. Based on Ian Begley of, Brooklyn has maintained that way throughout the past several weeks. While the Nets are open to listening to questions about Irving, his commercial value is declining at this point due to his full-season absence, so it might not be in the best interest to strike a deal. the best of the team.

Begley also follows reports from The Athletic and The Philadelphia Inquirer say James Harden among Sixers‘commercial goals. Sources told Begley that even before those reports surfaced, the people of the Nets were aware that Philadelphia “was looming as a potential suitor” for Harden.

As we’ve noted before, it’s difficult for the Nets to consider a trade with Harden during the off-season, and all indications are that he wants to stay in Brooklyn going forward. But he is likely to opt out in 2022, so if the Nets’ season shifts south, the Sixers could emerge as a more viable threat.

Here’s more on the Nets:

  • With Harden off to a great start to the season, Michael Pina of efforts to determine whether the 32-year-old’s inconsistencies can be blamed for his early-season slump or the start of a faltering career. With Harden signing another maximum salary contract in 2022, he will be highly motivated to get back into his All-NBA form.
  • Joe Harrisankle injury rookie push Cameron Thomas further enhanced the depth chart, but the Nets are reluctant to let him take on a larger role until he’s fully ready for it, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post, who says the organization is pleased with Thomas’ growth so far. “If his role evolves it’s more about his continued growth than our necessity, because that’s too much of a burden to throw at him,” Head Coach Steve Nash speak.
  • Two years erased his Achilles tear, Kevin Durant averaging 35.8 minutes per game, his highest since his Oklahoma City days. As Nash admits, the team won’t want to play Durant as much later on. “It’s not ideal to let him carry such a burden,” The Nets head coach said, per Lewis. “But I don’t know what options we have other than to play less and lose more. He’s a great player, and we’re disappointed with a great player (Irving) and a really good player (Harris) and a few others. So I don’t know if we have the luxury right now.”
  • For his part, Durant said he feels good and would love to play the whole 48 minutes a night if the Nets let him, as Lewis continued. “If sometimes I can convince the coach to let me play the whole second half and put me on the pitch earlier in the first half, then I will.” former MVP said. “Does not matter. My basketball playing life isn’t that long, so I’ll make the most of it. ” Nets Notes: Irving, Harden, Thomas, Durant

Chris Estrada

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