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James Harden Headed to Brooklyn in Blockbuster Deal


Veteran guard James Harden got his wish to be traded out of Houston Rockets as he lands with Brooklyn Nets in a four-team, multi-player trade on Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines).

Apart from the Rockets and the Nets, also involved in the blockbuster trade deal centered around Harden were the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the approved deal, the Rockets send Harden to the Nets in exchange for Brooklyn’s Rodions Kurucs, Pacers’ Victor Oladipo and Cavaliers’ Dante Exum.

Aside from the three players, the Rockets also acquired three protected first round picks from the Nets for 2022, 2024 and 2026, one unprotected 2022 first round pick, originally from Milwaukee Bucks and four unprotected first round picks from Nets for 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027.

In getting Harden, the Nets also parted ways with Caris LeVert, whom they send to the Pacers, as well as Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince, who were now with the Cavaliers.

The trade was a wish granted for Harden after he said during the offseason that he wants to move out of Houston following several years of failed playoffs stints.

At Brooklyn, Harden is reunited with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant as well as his former Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who serve as Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash’s assistant.

The Rockets pulled the trade after announcing earlier on Wednesday that they will sit out Harden until he traded out either to the Nets or the Philadelphia 76ers.