Trades and trade talks are heating all over the NBA, with multiple players moving to different teams along with various draft picks. Recently, we officially saw the end of what many thought would be a dominant trio competing for an NBA title. Kevin Durant followed former teammates Kyrie Irving and James Harden out the door.
With such a collection of All-Star talent walking out your front door, with adequate replacements to show for it, people around the league are saying the Nets organization completely botched this situation with Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant. Then you have those, like Kendrick Perkins, who put the fault solely at the feet of KD and Irving.
Ethan Thomas took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the Nets trading away three of their best players.
“I’m no GM, but if you have KD, Kyrie, and James Harden, and you end up trading all 3 but don’t get back any all stars in return, you have failed as an organization,” Thomas said.
Perkins commented down below shortly after. “I respectfully disagree!!!! Player empowerment? KD and Kyrie made all the decisions and over there.”
Like all other opinions, Perkins’ comments got mixed responses from NBA fans. Some agree, and some disagree. KD disagrees. “N****s like Perk makes a living lying. Have some honor, homie.”
Durant moved out west, as he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a significant package deal. The package included Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, veteran forward Jae Crowder, four first-round picks, and one second-round pick. The four first-round picks are unprotected for years 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029.
Harden went to the Philadelphia 76ers to join Joel Embiid, and Irving went to the Dallas Mavericks to join Luka Doncic.
No matter who is to blame, it still paints a dirty look on the Brooklyn Nets franchise. Having that much talent on your roster only to, in essence, fumble the bag isn’t something that is quickly forgotten, especially in today’s era of basketball.
Flip the page for the back and forth.