Houston Rockets fans were left heartbroken after finding out that their star player and former MVP, James Harden, has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets in an epic four-team trade that has the potential to shake the NBA title landscape this season.
According to the deal, the Rockets received a package that contains Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, four unprotected first-round picks, and four unprotected first-round pick swaps. The Pacers receive Caris LeVert and one second-round pick, while the Cavaliers got Taurean Prince and Jarrett Allen.
This blockbuster deal allowed the Nets to assemble a dream team by uniting Harden with former teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Making this a dangerous trio of some of the league's highest scorers can genuinely be a deciding factor this season.
As we all know, Harden was not delighted with his stay in Houston, and he had been seeking a trade since November as he felt some kind of way with his team's performance after losing at home against the Los Angeles Lakers. After the 117-100 defeat, Harden described the Rockets as "not good enough."
The trade is a significant gamble for the Brooklyn Nets. Harden is making $41.25 million this season and has a contract that will last until the 2021-22 season. The Nets will have about $112 million devoted to its trio this season with him on the squad, which exceeds the league's salary cap of $109 million.
After the 2021-22 season, Harden can become a free agent meaning that the Nets have two serious title shots before their future hangs in the balance.
This trade has also raised some questions on whether the personalities of these big players will mesh. Harden and Durant share an old bond that stretches way back to when they were teammates in the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, the on-court chemistry of this potent trio can only be confirmed once Irving returns.
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