Nets' grand plans for Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving blow up, expose issues NBA owners want to fix | Opinion

The past three seasons have been a debacle for the Brooklyn Nets.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant joined the Nets in 2019 — and James

Harden in 2021 — with the idea they would contend for championships.

That hasn't happened. The Nets have two first

round losses and a second-round exit to show for it. Harden is no longer with the team.

Durant has requested a trade. And it’s unlikely Irving plays another

game for the Nets, who are left to pick up the pieces left

from an implosion that sets the organization back five seasons and exposes

problems to the system NBA owners may try to fix in the next collective bargaining

Irving and Durant played just 57 games together over three seasons,

 with Durant missing 2019-20 while recovering from a ruptured Achilles sustained

in the 2019 Finals when he was with Golden State.