The Houston Rockets have traded eight-time All Star James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a three-team trade. Brooklyn has received Harden in exchange for center Jarrett Allen, forward Taurean Prince, guard Caris LeVert, forward Rodions Kurucs, three first round draft picks (2022, 2024, 2026) and four first round pick swaps (2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027). With all the transfer details now known, It’s safe to say that this trade will have immense impact on both franchises for years to come.
While the Nets have given up a king’s ransom to acquire Harden, many around the league and in the Brooklyn organization are feeling as if they have already won the 2021 NBA championship.
“Adding an All-NBA player such as James to our roster better positions our team to compete against the league’s best,” said General Manager Sean Marks.
“James is one of the most prolific scorers and playmakers in our game, and we are thrilled to bring his special talents to Brooklyn. While we are excited to welcome James and his family to the Nets, we also want to thank the players who are departing. Caris, Jarrett, Rodions and Taurean were instrumental to the team’s success and have made an enormous impact on our organization.”
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What did the Brooklyn Nets Receive in the Harden Trade?
Received: James Harden, 2022 Cavaliers second-round pick
The significant price that Brooklyn has paid to finalize the James Harden deal will not be felt for years to come. The players were good that Brooklyn had to transfer, but the draft picks are what will most impact the organization after it’s big three era.
Right now however, the Brooklyn Nets look primed to compete against the LA Lakers in the summer for the NBA championship. By attaining Harden, the Nets have effectively paired 3 of the top 5 offensive players in the league.
The fit between the three superstars is not seamless, and the colossal trade has left Brooklyn with three open roster spots and a depleted bench. There will also be a direct role clash between Kyrie Irving and Harden on day 1. Irving is the definitive starting PG for Brooklyn, while Harden is leading the league in assists and has often been tasked with playing a hybrid PG/SG role during his time with Houston.
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Brooklyn Nets Harden Trade Grade Hinges On An NBA Championship
The new look Brooklyn Nets are without a doubt a special team. Despite their offensive talents, this season and this trade will be judged solely on an NBA Championship. If the Nets with Harden, Durant and Irving fail to deliver an Eastern Conference Championship followed by a showing in the finals you can expect many in the sports media to call foul.