Are The Nets In Trouble?

by | Feb 10, 2022 | General | 0 comments

With the recent trade for Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, Seth Curry, and two first-round picks, in exchange, the nets have sent shooting guard James Harden and forward Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers. So what does this mean for the Nets?
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 16: James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the first half against the Orlando Magic at Barclays Center on January 16, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
For one, it means that their nine game losing streak could come to an end but nothing is guaranteed in the NBA. Simmons hasn’t played a game since last years playoff run against the Hawks where his performance was subpar at best but ultimately hurt the sixers in the end losing the series 4-3.
https://sports.yahoo.com/team-ben-simmons-trade-deadline-165217240.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAM6airpOSHVukNQUMdBzPTMTOea3DpPJISUX6PPOsfoA1hfdmXA6srd1VtNDtzkfIEnMLVYkV5SAZqfP8lUciylqRNHu36njwTdgH_If8WgZ8eh4qv41pl5zh0XEqEFAoYc6vT0zNj6NMKihcTgULK1_ADxXt96FkM4aKYuOLOiJ
However, personnel-wise the Nets have gotten a little bit better. Why? Well, because the Nets got bigger. This new lineup can consist of Kyrie Irving/Patty Mills/ Seth curry, Patty Mills/Seth Curry, Kevin Durant/Ben Simmons at the 3 or 4 spot, depending on how Nash sets up the lineup, and now Andre Drummond starting at the center.

For the 76ers this is huge because now they have an all-star caliber guard without having to give up anything too major aside from draft capital. Their new lineup can consist of James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid. Sixers fans can only hope that with Harden acquired they can finally make a push for the finals after getting knocked out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals almost every year.

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/76ers-joel-embiid-would-welcome-ben-simmons-back-but-wont-babysit-teammates-you-got-to-want-to-be-there/
But again what does this mean for the Nets? Brooklyn can either get worse or be the team that every fan and analyst knows they are. With Irving’s part-time availability heavily affecting the team in a negative way, the Nets can either finish this year strong and make a push for the playoffs or tank the rest of the season and put those two first-rounders to use.
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