The Rockets will receive four first-round picks and four pick swaps, all of which will come from the Nets except for a 2022 Milwaukee pick currently owned by Cleveland. The Houston Rockets are sending their former MVP to the Brooklyn Nets in a massive blockbuster deal. James Harden traded to the Nets in 4-team blockbuster deal James Harden is going to Brooklyn as the centerpiece of a four-team trade that rocked the NBA… We'll have a far better idea of how well they'll fare in the playoffs once the trade deadline has passed and we've seen what additions they can make on the buyout market. But Houston acquired a trade package similar … The unsettled shooting guard demanded a trade away from the franchise and named a few preferred destinations to suit his liking. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports. Houston Rockets trade James Harden to Brooklyn Nets as Ben Simmons stays put. The proper Brooklyn grade here is incomplete. If the Nets go into the postseason with this exact roster, they are not going to win the championship. In return, the Rockets will be receiving all four of the Nets’ future first-round draft picks and four draft swaps along with Caris LeVert, Dante Exum, and Rodions Kurucs while the Cleveland Cavaliers will get Taurean Prince and Jarrett Allen. Nets, 76ers top desired trade destinations for James Harden, Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, A jittery nation days before Inauguration; gun rights caravans roll into Richmond, Where will you get the COVID-19 vaccine? ESPN Sources with @RamonaShelburne and @ZachLowe_NBA: As Houston’s James Harden considers his future with franchise, one possible trade destination is rising to top of his list: Brooklyn. Well, the answer to the latter question is yes, the Nets absolutely do have the salaries necessary to land Harden. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. However, if Houston wants another proven young piece, they could also request Jarrett Allen, who has shown promise as a rim-diving, paint-protecting bouncy center, as part of the package. It could have had LeVert and Allen. Though that doesn’t necessarily mean a trade between Houston and Brooklyn is guaranteed to happen now, if ever, the fact that this is even being reported is huge news for obvious reasons. They've replaced him with Allen, whose contract expires as well this offseason, but who is a restricted free agent. section: | slug: james-harden-trade-grades-rockets-send-star-to-nets-in-four-team-deal-involving-pacers-and-cavs-reports-say | sport: basketball | route: article_single.us | James Harden is getting the trade he wanted. And then, of course, there's the matter of redundancy. James Harden traded to the Nets in 4-team blockbuster deal James Harden is going to Brooklyn as the centerpiece of a four-team trade that rocked the NBA… Does that mean that this trio can't have the same impact on defenses that the Death Lineup did? Lowe: How a James Harden trade would work for the Nets and Rockets Teams that can make real trade offers for James Harden 2020 NBA free … Based on their present roster construction, the Nets have almost no choice but to use Durant to defend virtually any elite, big wing they encounter. Odds are, because trading Harden would signal the start of a full rebuild in Houston, the Rockets would probably covet two types of players in any sort of deal: young, promising ones and those with less long-term money left on their contracts. Their playoff run will almost certainly include some combination of Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard. The Package. In very small samples, Harden has regularly topped 40 percent as a catch-and-shoot 3-point shooter. The budget-conscious Pacers will now pay LeVert only $52.5 million over the next three seasons when they might have had to give Oladipo the max to keep him. Irving is 28 and has injury issues. The Nets, Charania writes, have prepared a massive trade package that includes four future first-round picks and three future pick swaps. The idea of reuniting with Kevin Durant and joining Kyrie Irving is resonating with Harden. That it also gets to take a flier on Prince is a nice bonus. Houston could argue that LeVert, a shaky shooter, wouldn't fit alongside Wall, and it could argue that Allen would prove redundant with Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins in the building, but those aren't considerations that should matter when dealing a player of Harden's caliber. Indiana lineups featuring Malcolm Brogdon, Myles Turner and T.J. Warren should be able to space the floor well for him, and he's two years younger than Oladipo. Brooklyn acquired: James Harden. Adrian Wojnarowski has the details of the Harden trade package. Now, Oladipo has looked mostly like the All-NBA player that he was in 2018 so far this season, but that raises other concerns. It was also reported that Ben Simmons was discussed by the Sixers and Rockets in a swap for Harden, but involving less draft pick compensation than what the Nets ultimately gave up. The Pacers were proactive in turning Oladipo, who will be a free agent at season's end, into LeVert, who is under contract through the 2022-23 season. While the Cavaliers are loaded with big men, most of them are either in their prime or about to exit it. Limited as their options may appear, the Nets could still have as many as three arrows left in their roster-building quiver: Despite their embarrassment of offensive riches, Brooklyn needs to do quite a bit with those chips if it plans to round out its roster. New ... “The Rockets have pursued a 76ers package centered on All-NBA star Ben Simmons, sources said. It will be a frustrating few years in Houston, but once Harden publicly declared the situation unfixable, the Rockets had no choice but to move on a deal. His PER of 12 is below-average, he has a negative Box Plus-Minus (-1.6) and his VORP is zero, meaning the metric views him as a replacement-level player. All of that being said, the players involved here are largely window dressing. 10 takeaways from James Harden trade The Nets go all-in, pairing Harden with fellow superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a move impacting multiple teams … Throw in some guard depth, and the Nets still have a fair bit of work to do here. The Nets acquired the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets in a deal that became official on Thursday, a move Harden has sought for weeks. © 2004-2021 CBS Interactive. Still, the Harden-Durant pairing with a practically limitless supply of shooting should give Brooklyn quite a bit of leeway as they are likely to have the NBA's best offense. That saves the Pacers from the tax over the next two seasons, but it also got them out from under the tax line this season as well. They can either re-sign him at an exorbitant rate, knowing that he essentially just missed two full seasons due to injury, or they can let him walk knowing that it means they gave up Caris LeVert for nothing. With the dust settled, this turned out to be one of the biggest trades in recent NBA history. The Houston Rockets are sending their former MVP to the Brooklyn Nets in a massive blockbuster deal … Yes, the New York market could help them lure future free agents, but would players be eager to commit to Brooklyn if this situation faltered? James Harden is getting the trade he wanted. 10 takeaways from James Harden trade The Nets go all-in, pairing Harden with fellow superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a move impacting multiple teams … Considering how much they just gave up, though, the Nets still have work to do if they plan to build an all-around contender. Brooklyn Nets Receive: James Harden ($41.2M 2020-21 Salary) Houston Rockets Receive: Spencer Dinwiddie ($11.4M), Caris LeVert ($16.2M), Taurean Prince ($13.9M), Rodions Kurucs ($1.7M), PHI 2020 1st Round Pick (Pick #19), BRK 2021 1st Round Pick (Possible Protection), BRK 2023 1st Round Pick (Possible Protection) The Cavaliers were in a somewhat similar position with Andre Drummond, whose contract expires after the season as well. Report: Rockets evaluating final James Harden trade offers from Sixers and Nets. “Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal from Brooklyn and sending LeVert to Indiana to acquire two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo — in addition to the four first-round picks and four draft pick swaps,” Shams said. Such a deal might give Brooklyn fans flashbacks of Danny Ainge's 2013 fleecing of Billy King, but it would also form a three-headed monster of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (assuming he returns to the team ). Granted, the George comparison isn’t perfect due to the fact that landing George also meant L.A. would be getting Kawhi Leonard, meaning they were a good deal more desperate than Brooklyn is at the moment, considering the Nets already have two superstars under contract. Houston Rockets are also requesting Philadelphia 76ers defensive specialist Matisse Thybulle in a trade package for James Harden, ... the entire league shifted when the Nets traded for James Harden. Of course, Brooklyn would also have to send the Rockets major draft capital to complete such a trade, even if Harden does end up demanding to get dealt. He is currently injured and has played less than 200 NBA minutes. Cleveland can match any offer sheet made to him, and as he is only 22 years old, he fits the timeline of Cleveland's young lottery picks, Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro. Given Brooklyn's shooting depth, there are scenarios in which this group is even better offensively. To make a trade legal, what Brooklyn would have to do is send the Rockets at least $33.0 million in salary. Harden is 31. It chose to bet fully on the lottery, and where those ping pong balls ultimately fall is going to determine the success or failure of this trade for the Rockets. The Houston Rockets are sending their former MVP to the Brooklyn Nets in a massive blockbuster deal. Tucker ($7.9M) Houston Rockets Receive: Kyrie Irving ($33.3M), Spencer Dinwiddie ($11.4M), Jarrett Allen ($3.9M), BRK 2023 1st Round Pick (Lottery Protected) The Nets just signed Kyrie Irving to a max contract, along with Kevin Durant, last season, there is no chance they trade him … 6-keys: media/spln/nba/reg/free/stories, at But if he did, Indiana's salary structure would have become significantly more complicated. Here is what the deal looks like in full, based on current reporting: Harden has been pushing for a trade to the Nets, specifically, since initially requesting a trade during the offseason. The Philadelphia 76ers did end up offering Ben Simmons in a trade package for James Harden on Wednesday, but it wasn’t enough to re-unite the disgruntled superstar with Daryl Morey. Based on the extensive reporting of Philadelphia's involvement in the Harden sweepstakes, it seems almost certain that the Rockets could have acquired a 24-year-old All-NBA forward for Harden had they not asked for so much more on top of him. My family and I also want to thank James for his many off the court contributions, including generous charitable donations and multiple annual community events. Houston owes first-round picks to the Thunder in 2024 and 2026, as well as swap rights in 2021 and 2025, and with no path to immediate contention in sight, needed to use Harden to refill their coffers. James Harden is getting the trade he wanted. The Rockets will receive four first-round picks and four pick swaps, all of which will come from the Nets except for a 2022 Milwaukee pick currently owned by Cleveland. At the end of the day, it remains to be seen whether a blockbuster of this magnitude will actually go down, but if it does, it’ll be a game-changing moment in the NBA, one with potentially huge ramifications down the road for more teams than just the Nets and Rockets. The most efficient offense in NBA history was the 2019-20 Mavericks. But they aren't going to go into the postseason with this exact roster. Durant has proven capable of defending those players in the past, and having Irving and Harden limits his offensive burden enough to make it feasible, but is tiring out maybe the best player on the planet defensively really an optimal use of his talent? "On behalf of the entire Rockets organization and the City of Houston, I'd like to thank James Harden for an amazing eight-plus seasons in a Rockets uniform," Fertitta said. Neither of them are going to be Rockets. Reporting w/ @RamonaShelburne : Brooklyn’s acquiring James Harden in a three-way deal with Cleveland. Similarly, they'll need at least one more forward. Dinwiddie's $11.4 million salary itself, and the full Bird Rights that come with it. He vaulted above 40 percent at his peak. “I don’t think about James Harden at all,” Durant noted in December 2020, per Forbes . But Houston acquired a trade package similar … UPDATE (4:11 p.m.): The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports the Houston Rockets are trading James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets. Even including Allen in the deal, making it a four-for-one swap, works for the Nets because it would still leave them with eight players under contract with the ability to re-sign Joe Harris and fill the rest of the roster with ring-chasing veterans. Here's how all four teams involved did. "James has provided us with so many great memories as we've watched him grow from Sixth Man of the Year to a perennial All-Star and MVP. Well, the … That should only be confirmed when Kyrie Irving returns, but the fringe benefit of this deal for Brooklyn is that Harden provides a measure of insurance against either injury or personal absence on Irving's part. He's under contract for the next two seasons beyond this one for only around $36 million, which might amount to around half of what Oladipo gets from Houston or on the open market. The Nets finally landed James Harden, and their own Big 3. And to be absolutely clear, it has a chance to be historically great. Houston could find itself in the same position Boston did after trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn: perpetually adding high lottery picks from a team with no immediate path to improvement. They scored 115.9 points per 100 possessions. Could it even work financially, with such huge contracts involved? Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. The Houston Rockets are sending their former MVP to the Brooklyn Nets in a massive blockbuster deal that includes four teams and multiple star players, according to reports from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania. We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. LeVert solves that problem perfectly. Houston Rockets are also requesting Philadelphia 76ers defensive specialist Matisse Thybulle in a trade package for James Harden, ... the entire league shifted when the Nets traded for James Harden. The Pacers are one of the thriftiest teams in basketball. For more on the James Harden trade front, click here. Reporting w/ @RamonaShelburne : Brooklyn’s acquiring James Harden in a three-way deal with Cleveland. They pulled off a blockbuster four-team trade with the Rockets, Cavaliers and Pacers, … That put them in a very precarious situation when it came to Oladipo. For now, we wait and see if Harden-to-Brooklyn gains steam this week. If he failed to return to form after two years of rehab, they wouldn't have the talent to contend this season regardless. And for LeVert, they got Victor Oladipo, a player that is two years older and comes with more recent injury concerns. So has Irving. Houston… The Nets have two offensive superstars regardless of what happens with Irving now, and in all likelihood, will enter the playoffs with three of them. Irving has never particularly liked to. But that's not exactly a certainty, and that's a problem when some degree of certainty was on the table. James Harden – Package 1 DENVER, CO – MAY 12: CJ McCollum (3) of the Portland Trail Blazers stands tall after hitting a clutch shot over Torrey Craig (3) of the Denver Nuggets with 11 seconds to play during the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers’ series-clinching 100-96 win on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Durant is 32. If you're anything like us, you've spent the last few weeks thinking about potential trade destinations for James Harden.. Before the 2020-21 NBA season began, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne reported that Harden continues to push for a trade from the Houston Rockets.The Rockets don't appear to be in a huge rush to trade him, but they're said to be looking for "a young … So they pivoted into Allen, who is also due for a new contract this offseason but is a safer bet at only 22 years old. “The Rockets are pursuing a trade package from the 76ers that would be ... “Houston is increasingly determined to complete a James Harden trade as soon ... Nets: James Harden … He's not the defender or shooter Oladipo is, two traits the Pacers will sorely miss, but considering their contracts, LeVert is far and away the more valuable asset for Indiana. All Rights Reserved. Brooklyn Nets Receive: James Harden ($41.2M 2020-21 Salary), P.J. If things go south here, Brooklyn could lose all three and be without control over its first-round picks for five full years after that. Their willingness to do so will determine just how great this offense can be. LeVert comes with three years of team control. They might be championship favorites too. The Lakers are the only other team in the NBA that can comfortably say that they have two top-10 players, but Brooklyn also has Kyrie Irving. In fact, all three have player-options after the 2021-22 season. Meanwhile, in acquiring Oladipo, they've given themselves a path to short-term relevance. A Harden trade became inevitable after the situation in … NBA: Despite a monster 44-point performance from James Harden, the Houston Rockets still fell to the Portland Trail Blazers. Adrian Wojnarowski has the details of the Harden trade package. After months of knowing James Harden wanted a trade out of Houston but talks around the league moving at a glacial pace, the … The Nets may be dominant now, but once they age, those picks are going to become quite valuable. Even so, we can still look at the George trade as a barometer for what a Harden deal might look like. NBA: Despite a monster 44-point performance from James Harden, the Houston Rockets still fell to the Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA drama never stops. Houston did this for Brooklyn's draft capital, and risky as that approach appears, the upside is enormous. With Giannis Antetokounmpo under contract, that pick will almost certainly fall in the late 20s. The goal should strictly be finding pieces that could one day replace him, not desperately clinging to vague notions of short-term competitiveness. After months of knowing James Harden wanted a trade out of Houston but talks around the league moving at a glacial pace, the … ... “The Rockets are pursuing a trade package from the 76ers that … All in all, a late first-round pick and a high-risk, low-reward young player seems like a small price to pay for long-term stability at the center spot. The uncertainty surrounding James Harden and the Houston Rockets could very well last all the way through the trade deadline. For Allen, they received Milwaukee's 2022 first-round pick. Even in Brooklyn's best-case scenario of winning multiple championships, that core isn't exactly built to last. The taxpayer mid-level exception, which they elected not to use during the offseason, will allow them to sign a player on the buyout market for a pro-rated portion of $5.7 million, depending on when exactly they sign the player. Harden is not known for his defense, and neither are most of the role players that remain in place. At a bare minimum, it needs to find a backup center. Now nine games into the season, Harden … Something has to give here. Sure, chemistry issues would have to be sorted out, something that could be tricky with a first-year head coach in Steve Nash at the helm, and the perimeter defense might prove problematic, but teams with that much offensive talent on them tend to figure those types of things out. Durant just spent three seasons getting his doctorate in off-ball motion at Golden State University. The Nets agreed to … Trades don't exist in vacuums. A lineup potentially featuring Durant, Irving and Harden – with two league MVP trophies, 24 combined All-Star appearances and 12 First Team All-NBA nods between them – could be absolutely deadly and make the Nets favorites not just in the East, but perhaps league-wide to hoist the next Larry O’Brien trophy. Of course not. The Package. The deal may not grant the Rockets the franchise centerpiece they'd been hoping for, but it gives them more freedom to rebuild at their own pace without necessarily tanking. James Harden reportedly traded to Brooklyn Nets in blockbuster deal Rockets trade disgruntled superstar to Brooklyn on Wednesday Harden, 31, will team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Tucker in this deal. The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, NBA insider Shams Charania announced Wednesday. That center might need to be a starting-caliber player. 4:15 pm ET, Breaking: Brooklyn Nets Acquire James Harden, Rockets made the trade of Harden official, publicly declared the situation unfixable, Report: Wall, Cousins called out Harden in team meeting, Nash hopeful Irving close to rejoining Nets, Knicks blow out Celtics, spoil Walker's season debut, Doncic jumps M.J. on triple-double list with absurd pass. We wish James the best of luck and will always be grateful for the memories.". But for now, there are too many concerns elsewhere to give Brooklyn a perfect grade or championship favorite status. The Lakers have no such third star. The Nets were competing with the Philadelphia 76ers for Harden, and the Rockets were after a package that included Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, … The opportunity cost of a deal is as important as the actual cost, and the opportunity cost for Houston here was Ben Simmons. Allen has blossomed alongside star-level talent in Brooklyn, averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and field goal percentage this season, and while Cleveland won't be able to surround him with nearly as many weapons, it should eventually be able to give him the undisputed starting slot that Brooklyn was hesitant to grant with DeAndre Jordan in the building. We'll start with the obvious: championships are won primarily through talent, and the Nets now have more of it than any other team in the Eastern Conference. Harden has never been asked to. Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports. 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