Rockets trading unhappy superstar James Harden to the Nets in four-team blockbuster: reports

Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — The deed is done.

The Nets have formed a superteam, reportedly finalizing a trade for Rockets superstar James Harden on Wednesday. The franchise will part with a large chunk of its future draft assets as well as two of its brightest young stars to facilitate a trade for the former league MVP.

Nets GM Sean Marks said at the start of the season he would not “mortgage the future” in a deal for any star. That is no longer the case.


The Nets, according to terms of the deal reported by The Athletic, are surrendering unprotected first-round picks in 2022, ’24 and ’26. They are also surrendering pick swaps in 2021, ’23, ’25 and ’27, which means the Rockets will own the rights to Brooklyn’s next seven first-round picks if they so choose.

The Nets are giving up Caris LeVert, who was re-routed to the Indiana Pacers in a deal that sends All-Star Victor Oladipo to the Rockets. They are also parting ways with Jarrett Allen, who is headed to Cleveland with Taurean Prince in exchange for guard Dante Exum and the Bucks’ 2022 first-round pick (to Houston).


LeVert is coming off of a five-game stretch of scoring 20 or more points. Allen recently supplanted DeAndre Jordan as Brooklyn’s starting center. Former second-round pick Rodions Kurucs will also be heading to Houston as part of the deal, and Prince is a scoring forward who has started with Kyrie Irving (personal reasons) and Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL) out of the rotation.

The trade news comes on the same day that the Rockets announced they were keeping the unhappy Harden away from the franchise amid reports that trade talks were heating up.

“We felt that it was best for the group and best for James not to come to practice,” Rockets coach Stephen Silas told reporters.

The Rockets keeping Harden away from the team came a day after the eight-time All-Star said the situation in Houston couldn’t be fixed.


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