As of Wednesday afternoon, James Harden has officially been traded to the Brooklyn Nets. There isn’t any secret that James Harden wanted to leave the Houston Rockets. After an unsuccessful bubble season with the Rockets and getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers, Harden was ready to leave.
The 2020 season for the Houston Rockets was supposed to be one of the best teams in the league. The Rockets had two of the best players (James Harden and Russell Westbrook) in the league on their roaster, this at least guarantees the playoff spot. That promise was able to be accomplished. The Rockets got to the playoffs and got pretty far. They were knocked out but the season wasn’t a complete lost.
Before the 2020-2021 season actually started the Harden Westbrook duo came to an end. Russell Westbrook was traded to the Washington Wizards and the Rockets got a healthy John Wall from the trade. Some looked at James Harden, John Wall, and Boogie Cousins as a solid trio. Everyone thought that except Harden.
The Trade Breakdown
James Harden begged for this trade and the Houston Rockets answered his request. Harden is heading to Brooklyn New York to be reunited with Kevin Durant. For this deal to be completed four teams were involved creating several moving pieces. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this ginormous deal below;
- Houston Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Rodions Kurucs, Dante Exum, four unprotected first-round picks (Brooklyn 2022, 2024 and 2026, Milwaukee 2022), and four unprotected first-round pick swaps (2021, 2023, 2025, 2027).
- Brooklyn Nets: James Harden
- Indiana Pacers: Caris LeVert, 2023 second-round pick (from Houston)
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince
This trade makes the Brooklyn Nets a possible super team. James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Erving might be the trio that can take down the mighty Lakers. Harden’s goal of getting a championship ring might be closer than he thought. Will this trade make the Brooklyn Nets automatic contenders to go to the Eastern Conference Finals? We will wait and find out.