It was only a matter of time: James Harden was traded by the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Harden therefore switches to the Brooklyn Nets through a monster four-team move also involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers.
Don’t believe that new Rockets general manager Rafael Stone has panicked as Houston gets a great comeback for Harden.
According to sports media The Athletic, the Rockets took the opportunity to get their hands on Victor Oladipo, formerly of the Pacers, as well as many first-round picks for the next draft. Among other leading players, Caris LeVert would leave the Nets to end up with the formation of Indiana. The Cavaliers notably obtain the services of young Jarrett Allen, who was in Brooklyn.
Harden’s most recent public outing, made Tuesday night after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, could not have had any consequence other than a trade.
“We’re just not good enough. We don’t have chemistry and we lack talent. It’s obvious, ”said the 31-year-old athlete, after a 117-100 loss against the Lakers.
“I love this city. I literally did everything I could. This situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be resolved, ”Harden continued, speaking of his relationship with the club.
End of a soap novel
Even before the start of this season, Harden had signaled his desire to join a title contender in the Eastern Conference after Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni resigned. The Houston formation had also traded his friend Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards.
His comments on Tuesday were the straw that broke a camel already filled to capacity.
“We only played nine games. You want to launch yourself down the cliff after nine games? ”, Had also wondered the player John Wall, about Harden.
Harden, who was kept out of practice on Wednesday, has spent the past eight years with the Rockets. In the most recent three seasons, he has led the NBA in points per game average. The American notably achieved a peak of 36.1 points per game during the 2018-2019 season.
Best point averages per game during the 2019-2020 season
James Harden, Houston – 34,3
Bradley Beal, Washington – 30,5
Damien Lillard, Portland – 30,0
Trae Young, Atlanta – 29.6
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee – 29.5