After weeks of speculation, the James Harden saga reached a fever pitch Tuesday night when Harden (very publicly) reiterated his desire to be traded out of Houston. Less than 24 hours later, his wish was granted.
As part of a multi-team deal involving the Cavaliers, the Rockets agreed to deal Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, who handed over a massive cache of future draft capital, as well as Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince and Rodions Kurucs. Allen and Prince were re-routed to the Cavaliers, while Houston immediately turned around and flipped LeVert to the Pacers in exchange for Victor Oladipo.
Here is how the trade played out from the perspective of all four teams involved, as well as the fantasy implications it will carry:
Harden finally got his wish to get out of Houston and to a contender. In joining Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, the Nets have as much top-end talent as any team in the league. The cliche concern of “there’s only one ball” comes into play here, but all three players are fantastic shooters. Durant and Irving have learned to work off-ball before – Durant spending time