The Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, and surprise third suitor Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a deal to send superstar James Harden to Brooklyn. Houston will acquire Caris Levert, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs and four first round picks, along with four Nets pick swaps. The Cavaliers will acquire Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince. After those agreements were made, Houston also dealt recently acquired Caris Levert to the Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo. The deal comes after Harden requested a trade from the team back in December. Since then Harden has broken protocol numerous times, and appeared uninterested and unmotivated in Houston’s games so far this season.
The final straw came last night when Harden said in an interview “ I’ve done everything I can.. The situation is crazy, it’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.” Those comments came after a second straight blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, dropping the team to 3-6 on the year. After those comments, reports came out this morning that the Rockets were choosing between the Nets and 76ers, and that the deal could “culminate quickly.”
Harden (31) is averaging 24.8 ppg 5.1 rpg and 10.4 apg this season, and will provide the Brooklyn Nets with a bonafide third superstar that elevates their ceiling even further. Kyrie Irving still remains away from the team for personal reasons after missing his 5th straight game last night. The team doesn’t expect him back until next week at the earliest, so we will have to wait and see how that scenario plays out. With Irving, this team will be the favorites to make it out of the East. But for now, the Nets have finally won the James Harden lottery, and will look to improve on their 6-6 start this season.
Updated @ 7:30 P.M 1/13/21