Greg Logan of Newsday:
Nets coach Steve Nash was a rookie head coach last season, but when asked at the Monday morning shootaround how tough it was to send back Allen as part of the Harden trade, Nash said, “For sure. We loved him and wish him a lot of success and are happy for him to get a contract. The reality is he was probably out, we couldn’t probably have re-signed him anyway. Looking at the marketplace, he probably would have gotten a lot of money, and it would’ve been a huge gap compared to some of the other priorities.
“So that was part of the decision in being able to let something like that go.
But maybe Brooklyn could gotten Harden without surrendering Allen. The Harden trade just happened to be the Allen deal that made most sense.
Maybe the Nets wouldn’t have acquired the same supporting players if keeping Allen.