NBA Rumors: Why Miami Heat Rejected James Harden Trade From Houston Rockets

January 17, 2021 3:06 am

The James Harden trade saga was one of the biggest talking points this off-season. The Rockets had already traded one disgruntled star in Russell Westbrook and the rumors about Harden’s trade had died down in the off-season.

Harden finally got his dream trade and now sees himself at a Nets team led by Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Rockets also got a host of picks and pick swaps and a great young star in Caris LeVert. They later traded LeVert and brought in Pacers’ star Victor Oladipo.

Before this trade, though, the Rockets were in talks with multiple teams like Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat for a potential trade for Harden.

According to a NBA insider, the Rockets had proposed a potential trade of Harden with the Heat for a plethora of players. The Heat were simply uninterested to trade so many stars and bring in Harden.

The Heat haven’t made any significant changes to their roster this off-season. But their fans should not be discouraged as NBA insider Kevin O’Connor reported that Rockets’ new star Victor Oladipo wants to play in Miami. With time still in their hands, will Miami land Oladipo?

Can James Harden finally win a NBA championship?

James Harden will be the happiest man in the world right now. After such a long time, Harden finally won’t have to carry all the offensive burden in a team.

This Brooklyn Nets squad might be the one and only chance for Harden to win the coveted NBA title. He hasn’t been surrounded by so much talent ever since he left the OKC Thunder. The Beard is still in his prime and will be determined to do anything to finally add the championship to his decorated resume.

Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) passes the ball over San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and guard Lonnie Walker IV (middle right) and guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the first half. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The biggest concern however will be chemistry. Kevin Durant has already proved that he can thrive without the ball too, but this is not the same for James Harden or Kyrie Irving.

If they really want to be successful, one of them has to take a step back and let them be the primary ball handler. But will Harden or Irving be willing to do that?

Now the most crucial job will be at Steve Nash to create a system which can incorporate James Harden alongside Durant and Irving. If the Nets can build team chemistry, they will be absolutely terrifying for teams to face. The Nets have instantly became the favorites for the championship. Can they trump the champions Los Angeles Lakers?


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Aditya Mohapatra

Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News. This die-hard Lakers fan considers LeBron James his idol.

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