The Nets’ attempt to build the “Big Three” story will not disappear. The latest game adds the biggest scorer in the game: James Harden.
GM Sean Marks told the Leader Performance Institute in the U.K. that he had already discussed the basket with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The culture of the net has evolved from a team based on diamonds to a team with stars to challenge the NBA championship. Chasing someone like James Harden might fit the bill.
Since Russell Westbrook has been asked to leave Houston, it is thought that Harden might enter the market soon after. ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins believes that Brooklyn and Philadelphia may be a potential landing site.
It should be noted that Perkins played with Harden and Durant in Oklahoma City and was one of the first to hint that the latter will enter the Nets in the last offseason. For this reason alone, it cannot be excluded that Perkins made comments on Thursday̵
There are other possible additional functions (Jrue Holiday, Serge Ibaka), but no other additional functions. In the past three seasons, Harden’s average points were 34.3, 36.1 and 30.4, each time he won the scoring champion. At the age of 31, he was still at his peak, which is why Houston requested and possibly acquired Harden Farm.
The remaining contract amount is $131.5 million, including a $46.9 million player option for 2022-23, and Brooklyn needs to increase salary. Former Nets Assistant General Manager GM Bobby Marks-current ESPN member-called Brooklyn one of the five teams with five assets and capital to satisfy Houston, and provided Caris LeWett , Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurus Prince and draft picks.
Despite this, Bobby Max also listed the Celtics, Nuggets, Warriors and 76ers as competitors. Philadelphia-Perkins also mentioned-hired former Rockets general manager Daryl Morey (Daryl Morey), who brought Harden to Houston and said that if he is free, he can trade with him again.
Even if Brooklyn didn’t win Harden’s lottery, it was thought they were looking for a power forward. They couldn’t be better than Ibaka.
The 7-footer played against Durant, Harden, Westbrook and the new Nets assistant Royal Ivey on the OKC team in the 2012 NBA Finals. Over the years, Durant and Ibaka have been in close contact. The Nets star participated in Ibaka’s cooking show a year ago and said that they might eventually join forces again and win the championship .
According to “Forbes” reports, Durant is trying to recruit Ibaka to Brooklyn. From appointing DeAndre Jordan last offseason to hiring Steve Nash and Ivey this offseason, it’s clear how much Durant’s friendship played a role. The question is, how much money is Ibaka worth playing with him?
Ibaka will cut his salary from last season’s $23.3 million salary, but how much? The Nets can only provide taxpayers with a mid-level exception, which will reach $5.7 million next season and a maximum of $18 million in three years. Some buyers may have non-taxpayer MLE, which is $9.3 million.
Ibaka has a career income of 120 million U.S. dollars and is now 31. Will he spend less money to chase another ring? He has gas left in his tank and averaged a career-high 15.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Since Jordan and Jarrett Allen have no jumpers, he will give the Nets enviable flexibility. Nash can deploy Ibaka at the center with five shooters, or use Durant as a small forward in the frontcourt in the case of 6-10.