2022 A Forgettable Season For The Nets

Jake Cooper - 30 May 2022

This is undoubtedly a season the Brooklyn Nets will be eager to put behind them – forget, even.

At the start of the season, they were considered an NBA title favourite. But what played out had been something totally different. Instead, Brooklyn was outplayed in the very first round of the Playoffs by the Boston Celtics.

To add injury to insult, this made of the Nets the only franchise to lose every single postseason game played.

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2022 A Dramatic Time

 A variety of factors contributed to how it all came crashing down for the Nets.

There was James Harden, for example, who got traded by force to the Philadelphia 76ers, leaving Brooklyn without one of its key players. And the fact that who they got in return, Ben Simmons, failed to suit up for even a single game, didn’t bring any relief to the forgettable situation.

There’s also the issue with Kyrie Irving, who played in only 29 games this season due to New York’s vaccination mandate. And who can forget Kevin Durant’s MCL injury – one that forced him to the bench for more than a month.

But while much of what happened had been out of the team’s control, there is one thing that has remained within its decision- making power: whether to offer Kyrie Irving a long-term deal.

Even though Irving has vocalised his desire to become a long-term member of the franchise on several occasions in the past, the Nets don’t seem quite as keen on putting such an option to paper.

Nets Naturally Hesitant

To understand this, one needs to consider how the Nets’ championship hopes once hinged almost entirely on Irving.

His decision not to get vaccinated – despite the high cost to the tem – has clearly now left the franchise hesitant to invest in him in the long run.

But that’s not the entire story, either. Given Irving’s volatile history with injuries, it’s no surprise the Nets aren’t too eager to woo him with a lucrative offer.

And since New York seems likely to re-instate its vaccination mandate, securing Irving for the long run could mean even more difficulty going forward.

Right now, Irving has about a month left to decide whether he’ll be opting in on the final year remaining on his contract. But this also means the Nets have only a month left to decide whether to offer him a home for the foreseeable future.

Some tough decisions await both sides.

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