Chen the Nets they signed up James Harden and joined him to Kevin Durant y Kyrie Irving On a super template, it looked like another case of a rich team wanting to get richer. However, with the passage of time the operation could be due to other causes … of necessity.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets’ mistrust of Irving has been going on from behind and has not erupted now with the vaccine issue. Brooklyn, somehow, he already felt like he couldn’t go to war with his star base and that’s why they went for Harden. Now, with just a few days to start the regular league, they are more aware than ever that Irving doesn’t count in short-term plans And the team is already preparing for a future without him.
With the regular league on no signs ‘Uncle Drew’ is going to get vaccinated. For the Nets, the ballot is tremendous because they will have a star who cannot play but who they cannot transfer, because nobody wants a player so expensive to be sitting in many or all games.
Woj’s idea is that the day he Nets signed Harden made Irving expendable. But it goes further: that is precisely what Irving seems to be pursuing, being expendable.
Before the pandemic and even before Harden arrived, the problems with Irving already existed. And they came as standard. He had them in the Cavs When he demanded a transfer, he had them in the Celtics with an abrupt exit. And in his first year in Brooklyn, missing many games for ‘personal reasons’ that never transpired.
The Nets, who are chasing the ring, found only one star, Durant, so they poured all their efforts into hiring “The Beard.” Now everything indicates that the team will have to go to battle without Irving in a situation that will be practically impossible to redirect. For that reason, the Harden thing, more than a luxury as it was cataloged then, was a necessity.