After an offseason of whispered discontent grew stronger throughout the preseason and changed into a vocalized message on Tuesday, Houston Rockets star James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
In a four-team commerce, the Rockets acquired Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, three Brooklyn first-round picks, 4 first-round decide swaps and the 2022 Milwaukee Bucks first-round decide, in keeping with The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Nets received Harden. The Indiana Pacers acquired Caris LeVert and a second-rounder whereas the Cleveland Cavaliers received Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince, Charania mentioned.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Harden wished to play with Durant once more.
Brooklyn has granted James Harden’s want to be reunited with Kevin Durant with the Nets. Enormous haul for the Rockets, however the Nets have been decided to get one other All-NBA participant in his prime — and get him with Harden. KD, Harden … and Kyrie Irving.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2021
Harden and Durant performed collectively on the Thunder from 2009-12, a three-year span by which Oklahoma Metropolis rose from the depths of the draft lottery to an NBA Finals look.
Harden got here off the bench throughout that point and was named the Sixth Man of the Yr in 2011-12.
He was traded to the Rockets that offseason, ending their time collectively in OKC.
In Brooklyn, Harden received’t be again on the bench. He and Durant will begin alongside third star Kyrie Irving as they attempt to make a push for a championship.