It wasn’t all that long ago that the Brooklyn Nets were considered an NBA superpower, with three of the best players in the league sharing the floor at the same time.
The three-headed monster of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving was about as intimidating as it gets to opposing teams, but it wasn’t meant to last, with Harden asking out, resulting in Ben Simmons coming to Brooklyn from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Now, Simmons is the last man standing in Brooklyn, with Durant and Irving playing elsewhere after asking out themselves.
However, the defensive-minded Simmons is headed into an uncertain future after being shut down for the season.
Nets announcer Ian Eagles believes Simmons’ future with the team is a mystery.
Nets voice Ian Eagle on Ben Simmons' unclear future. pic.twitter.com/8rB0D5J06l
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) March 30, 2023
Few NBA stars with Simmons’ ability have fallen off as he has in such a small window of time.
The former No. 1 overall pick was once considered one of the best defenders in the league and a valuable asset for any NBA team with him on their roster.
After a disastrous end to his stint playing alongside Joel Embiid in Philadelphia and how things have turned out in Brooklyn, Simmons’ time in the NBA may soon end even though he still has an enormous contract.
Simmons is currently the highest-paid player on the Nets at $35.4 million and will be paid $37.8 million next season and $40.3 million the year after.
This is somewhat of a disaster for the Nets, as he’s not worth these numbers anymore, but he’ll also be impossible to trade, which puts Brooklyn in a difficult position.NEXT: NBA Fans React To Today's Ben Simmons News