When Kevin Durant left the Golden State Warriors, it essentially put an end to the infamous “superteam” era. Because the world’s most unstoppable squad was broken up, there was no need for other teams to compete with their star power. The result has been a league-wide feeling of parity — much to the delight of the NBA community.
However, in a new report by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, it may not be long before we see another superteam emerge — this time in Brooklyn, where the Nets are reportedly seeking another star to play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving,
“I believe they have telegraphed they intend to use some of their young talent to acquire a third star along with Kyrie and Durant. Now, we can get enter a healthy debate here about whether Caris LeVert is that third star and they make the decision that he is. But my feel reading the tea leaves, paying attention to what Sean Marks has said and also being aware of some conversations they had at the trade deadline, which was sticking the toe in the water on some things, I think they’re going to swing for the fences whenever the season comes. They’re going to have to potentially hire a coach that is going to help them do that.”
The scary thing is, the Nets have the assets to pull this off. Outside of the trio of Irving, Durant, and Jordan, they’ve got Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Garrett Temple. Any of those guys can be packaged with picks to form a pretty valuable trade offer.
Think of guys like Bradley Beal and Karl-Anthony Towns. Depending on how the situation plays out on their current teams, we could see the Nets make a run for them.
One way or another, you can expect the team to be active in their pursuit of a third running-mate and if they pull it off, the results could be catastrophic for other teams hoping to hoist that Larry O’Brien trophy next year.