The Nets have been connected to Rockets superstar James Harden via trade rumors. Here’s the latest…
Jan. 13, 4:13 p.m.
It’s finally happened.
SNY’s Ian Begley confirms the Nets have reached a four-way trade with the Rockets, Pacers and Cavaliers to send James Harden to Brooklyn.
Here’s how it goes, according to several reports:
– Nets sent Caris LeVert, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, three Brooklyn first-round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026, a Bucks 2022 first-round pick via Cleveland and four Brooklyn first-round swaps in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027 to the Rockets.
– The Rockets send LeVert and a second-round pick to the Pacers in exchange for Victor Oladipo.
– Cavaliers get Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince.
– Along with Harden, the Nets receive a 2024 second-round pick from the Cavs.
All the picks sent to Houston as well as the swapped picks are all unprotected.
Jan. 13, 2:03 p.m.
The Rockets are still pursuing a potential trade for Harden, league sources confirmed to SNY’s Ian Begley.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets are going through offers from the Philadelphia 76ers and the Nets, with Brooklyn preparing to offer a package that includes all four of their future first-round picks and three pick swaps.
According to Charania, a deal could happen quickly.
While the Nets’ offer is hefty, the Rockets are pursuing a package from the Sixers that would revolve around Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Harden, who appeared to give a farewell news availability on Tuesday night, was not at practice on Wednesday.
Dec. 8, 5:52 p.m.
Harden is reportedly open to other playoff contenders in a trade – not just the Nets.
The 76ers were among the teams on his list, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and a main reason could be due to former Rockets GM Daryl Morey being there.
However, Morey has been adamant about wanting to keep Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in place in Philly. Given Harden’s status, it would be hard to see the Rockets not wanting one of them in a deal.
Dec. 7, 2:08 p.m.
Nets head coach Steve Nash downplayed the Harden trade rumors in his recent news conference. Addressing the “elephant in the room,” Nash wanted to just talk about his current players – not one who isn’t in the building.
“I guess we let the elephant be,” he said. “I love our guys and hopefully they all feel valued and wanted and respected. We have so many guys that bring so much to the table. When I’m in the gym with them everyday, I feel fortunate. So hopefully they feel that and they don’t feel like we’re looking out the window at greener pastures.”
Nov. 16, 9:19 p.m.
Harden reportedly turned down a max extension with Houston that would’ve set an NBA record.
He would’ve been the first player to ever make $50 million per season with the extension. But ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he’s focused on a trade to Brooklyn.
Harden supposedly had conversations with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving about joining the Nets and is now focused on that. The idea of it “resonated” with him and his “focus” shifted recently. Nothing has come out of conversations with the Rockets and Harden regarding a deal.
Nov. 15, 5:18 p.m.
Harden trade rumors to the Nets have been buzzing lately, but SNY’s Ian Begley is hearing from sources that idea isn’t universally accepted by Nets players.
Some players were supportive, but not all players contacted about a potential Harden-to-Brooklyn deal were in favor.