Harden Gets Traded To Brooklyn Nets, Teaming Up With Durant And Irving
NBA’s best shooting guard James Harden has finally left Houston Rockets after almost a decade, but before parting ways, Harden found himself in a complicated trade situation involving four teams and seven players. This gives Brooklyn even bigger chances to make waves in the playoffs and eventually becoming a top contender for the Finals, so watch out for Bitcoin sportsbooks and a major shift in the odds once the deal is finalized.
In an unexpected turn of events, the eight-time All-Star player will reportedly join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving at the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for four first-round picks (one via Milwaukee), four draft swaps, Dante Exum (via Cleveland), Rodions Kurucs, and Victor Oladipo (via Indiana). Indiana will then get Caris LeVert and a second-rounder (via Houston), while Cleveland will welcome Taurean Prince and Jarrett Allen.
According to sources, the deal was struck after Harden delivered a farewell address following the Rockets’ loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday and before Irving was set to miss his fifth straight game.
Harden will join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, his former teammates, to give the Nets a trio of some of the league’s highest scorers. With this move, the Nets can possibly rival any Big Three NBA teams in recent years.
Fans, players, and personalities reacted with the trade deal. Many dubbed the move as the “strongest draft packages in history” for Houston despite being a tough deal.
Josh Lewenberg, a dedicated Toronto Raptors reporter for TSN.ca and TSN Radio 1050, was stunned by the move. In a now-viral tweet, Lewenberg said:
“Whatever the future of Kyrie Irving with the Nets, this trade does one more important thing for Brooklyn: It makes a strong case to help keep the franchise’s most important player, Kevin Durant, beyond his current contract.”
Adrian Wojnarowski, a popular American sports columnist, reporter, and author also tweeted how the trade will turn out for Houston, Durant, and Irving.
“By the time the Nets pay off their draft debt to Houston, Durant will be 39, Harden will be 38, and Irving will be 35. If they don’t win at least one title between now and then, this will almost certainly go down as a spectacular failure. No pressure, though,” Wojnarowski said.
The trade is still being finalized, so the Nets have yet to make an official announcement. In the meantime, the Nets, led by coach Steve Nash, will prepare for their next game against the New York Knicks.