BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BVM) – It’s been an interesting past few months for the Brooklyn Nets, to say the least. The beginning of the Nets’ 2022-23 season was rocky, as they got out to a 9-11 start through 20 games. However, their superstars, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, helped the team right the ship, as Brooklyn won 16 of its next 17 games to surge towards the top of the Eastern Conference.
Just as things seemed to be rounding into form, however, Durant suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee that has sidelined him for the past month.
Yet, the ebbs and flows of the regular season thus far have been far from the biggest storylines in Brooklyn. Last offseason, Durant requested a trade from the Nets. While it never happened, it sent a message that not only was he unhappy in Brooklyn, but that it might also be time for the Nets to blow things up.
Then, just days ago, Irving also requested a trade out of Brooklyn just a week prior to the NBA trade deadline. This time, the Nets granted one of their superstars’ requests, dealing Irving to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavericks are sending a 2029 unprotected first-round pick, a 2027 second-round pick and a 2029 second round-pick to the Nets, sources @TheAthletic @Stadium. Brooklyn also is sending Markieff Morris to Dallas. https://t.co/EtqlQqQuGq
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2023
From there, rumors began circulating surrounding whether or not the team would move Durant. Less than 24 hours before the trade deadline, fans got their answer, as the 13-time All-Star was dealt to the Phoenix Suns.
The Nets are trading Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns for a package including Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, four first-round picks and additional draft compensation, league sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. https://t.co/fJoFHv3i7M
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 9, 2023
After looking poised to win an NBA championship just a couple of years ago, and seemingly making another run earlier this season, Brooklyn has officially blown things up. Here’s a look at what went wrong, and what these trades mean for the Nets going forward.