The Brooklyn Nets have taken hold and said that Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to compete with the team until he is vaccinated.
That news comes after the team traveled to Philadelphia without their Star Point Guard and essentially confirmed their plans before they were officially announced.
With Irving out of the line-up indefinitely, the Nets still have championship ambitions and a team led by James Harden and Kevin Durant can certainly get there, but it’s no longer as a slam dunk as it was with Irving in her star watch.
It’s hard to say what the chemistry is like in the locker room, but according to ESPN’s Stephen A Smith, the Nets could have a bigger problem and it comes in the form of Daryl Morey.
Harden’s former Houston general manager is now in charge of running the 76ers, and Stephen A says he’s keeping an eye on Harden in hopes of luring him away from the Nets.
Obviously, the Nets would need to make a deal with one of their star players too, so the 76ers interested in Harden won’t mean much unless both teams are on board.
Stephen A says Morey is watching the situation from afar.
“Now you might lose James Harden” said Smith. “Because Daryl Morey is lurking in Philadelphia. Don’t think for a second that Daryl Morey is not trying to get your hands on James Harden. I’ll tell you what I know. “
Smith doesn’t say anything about who told him this, and it seems like a shocking thing. At this point in time, it’s really hard to imagine a blockbuster trade like this, especially since the Nets are going to need Harden’s services more than ever.
If it were something like flipping Irving for angry all-star Ben Simmons, then it would seem a little more believable. On the same night that Irving was absent from Philadelphia, Simmons checked in with the 76ers and it seems like he’s about to rejoin the team at the start of the season.
Something the Nets could hope for is Irving reversing his course and getting vaccinated so he can play home games at the Barclays Center, as well as attend the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The door is open to Irving to choose to get the vaccine and join the team once he’s committed to being a full participant. Prior to this decision, the Nets only had their point guard duties on the road, something the team decided just wasn’t worth the distraction.
In the short term, the Nets will likely be found while Harden and Durant carry the load, but they could use Irving as the final hurdle to winning a championship. Perhaps the missed paychecks from home games will be enough to make him change his mind and join the team. Only time can tell.
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