The Houston Rockets resolved their James Harden downside.
The Rockets on Wednesday traded Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team deal additionally involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, two folks aware of the deal advised USA TODAY Sports activities.
The folks spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t approved to talk publicly till the commerce is introduced formally.
Harden, who was sad in Houston, is reunited with Kevin Durant, and if and when Kyrie Irving returns, this offers the Nets a brilliant group within the Jap Convention.
Rodions Kurucs, Dante Exum and a number of first-round picks are headed to Houston within the Harden deal. The Pacers will ship Victor Oladipo to Houston for Caris LeVert, and the Cavaliers will purchase Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince.
The Rockets will obtain unprotected first-round picks in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027.
After Harden voiced a insecurity within the group following Houston’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the Rockets wanted to make a transfer quick. The group requested him to not attend Wednesday’s observe, and teammates, together with middle DeMarcus Cousins, had been sad with Harden’s antics. The scenario grew to become untenable.
“We’re simply not ok,” Harden stated after a 117-100 loss Tuesday night time. “Chemistry, talent-wise, simply every little thing, and it was clear these previous couple of video games.”
The Rockets had tried to commerce Harden however couldn’t discover the precise deal. After Harden’s feedback, Houston was motivated to jettison a disgruntled star. In return, they acquired an All-Star caliber participant in Oladipo and coveted draft picks.
The Nets now have three stars – relying on Irving’s return – and the deal places them in higher place to contend for the Jap Convention championship. Brooklyn is 6-6, however Irving has missed 5 video games, together with the previous 4 as a result of private causes.
Oladipo, 28, suffered a critical knee harm in January 2019 however returned in January 2020 after which performed within the bubble restart. This season, he has averaged 20 factors and 33.3 minutes in 9 video games.
LeVert, heading to the Pacers, was averaging 18.5 factors for the Nets as a part-time starter.