After the Brooklyn Nets’ disastrous start, the first rumors of a possible trade with the Nets circulated in the US media, with Ben Simmons being mentioned in discussions with rival teams.
Ian Begley reports SNY.tv:. Accordingly, Brooklyn held preliminary talks with other teams about possible trades before firing head coach Steve Nash. At least one conversation with a Western Conference team appears to have identified Simmons as a trade puzzle.
Begley, however, emphasized that these are only “superficial” discussions. The Nets are looking for an extra shot, but after a disappointing start to the season, Simmons’ trade value is currently in the basement, and a deal for the 26-year-old is generally unlikely.
According to reports, general manager Sean Marks isn’t particularly happy with the squad he assembled over the summer. Brooklyn won just two of the first eight games of the season, so head coach Steve Nash resigned on Tuesday.
Despite the ugly situation in Brooklyn, a complete shake-up of the Nets is unlikely. On the one hand, because the Nets, according to Vincent Goodwill (Yahoo Sports:) still wouldn’t discuss trading Kevin Durant. Instead, GM Marks will have to hope that coach Ime Udoka, who is being considered as Nash’s successor, can save the team.
Brooklyn Nets. Irving is probably considered “radioactive”
Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, is said to be considered untouchable by other teams, most recently after the recent uproar over his tweets about an anti-Semitic movie. According to Zach Lowe (ESPN:) Irving is considered “radioactive” around the league, opposing teams will prefer to refrain from signing him. Also Newsday Sports: claims to have learned from conversations with several executives that Irving “won’t be touched.”
Ball’s contract expires next summer, and he’s making $36.5 million this season. Simmons (3 years, $113.6 million) and Durant (4 years, $194.2 million) are long-term commitments to the franchise. However, KD already requested a trade last summer, but the Nets did not honor this request. In eight games so far this season, the two-time Finals MVP has 32.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists.