Just last year, the Nets assembled a historically talented trio: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Is this just the start?Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News:
Last summer I got a tip I didn’t want to believe: A source familiar with the inner workings of the Nets roster told me James Harden would leave Brooklyn.
Followed by Kyrie Irving, then ultimately Kevin Durant, a purported course of events that would undoubtedly send the Nets back to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings after just three seasons in the spotlight.
With Harden already gone and Irving’s status in limbo, Winfield’s source certainly looks prophetic right now. It’s very possible this person knows what will unfold with the Nets.
Likewise, Durant’s eventual departure from the Warriors was sniffed out long before it happened.
Which is to say these stars have previously decided in advance to leave a team and left clues along the way. It wouldn’t be shocking if the writing is on the wall now – even if we don’t yet recognize it.
But I’d caution: Just because a pessimist is correct once doesn’t mean his other predictions will be correct.