Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen just received a $100 million payday, but he's still wondering how the rest of his Brooklyn Nets tenure could've played out if he wasn't traded.
Allen was solid during his time in a Nets uniform and after he left, they received limited production from their bigs. He spoke on the matter recently, via SiriusXM NBA Radio:
"It crossed my mind a couple of times"
🔊Jarrett Allen (@_bigjayy_) tells @BCusterTV & @DarthAmin he wonders at times if he could have helped the Nets get past the Bucks in this year's playoffs #BrooklynTogether pic.twitter.com/Rhsd0GtEAf
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) August 23, 2021
Allen certainly has a point. The Nets were ravaged with injuries in their failed title run, which ultimately ended in seven games against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. James Harden was playing on a bummed hamstring, while Kyrie Irving was sidelined through the last few games of that series with an ankle injury. Kevin Durant was basically left to carry the load on his own, which he did. But, it just wasn't enough.
The likes of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who basically replaced Allen when he was shipped off to Cleveland, didn't make much of an impact, especially in the playoffs. It's totally understandable why Allen is wondering if he could've been a helping hand for the Nets as they aimed to lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy. After all, every player just wants to win a championship and that definitely looked like a possibility for the former Brooklyn big man before the trade.
It's always going to be something in the back of Allen's mind, but nevertheless, he'll be looking ahead to the future with the Cavs which is starting to look very bright with Evan Mobley joining him in the frontcourt. As for the Nets, they will be aiming to stay healthy next season and complete their goal of winning it all.