Should the Brooklyn Nets Trade for James Harden Amid Kyrie Irving Uncertainty?

Published 01/13/2021, 1:00 AM EST
Dec 28, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


James Harden has stolen all the headlines for the night. After walking out of a press conference where he said his team was ‘not good enough‘, the trade mill for Harden has started churning again. While the news has Harden as the center of attention right now, leading into tonight’s games, Kyrie Irving was the one everyone was talking about.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Irving hasn’t shown up for work with the Brooklyn Nets for almost a week now and was seen celebrating his sister’s 30th birthday while wearing no mask. This has prompted the NBA to launch an investigation, which means Kyrie may start missing games due to a suspension now. The Brooklyn Nets are said to have finally reached their boiling point with Kyrie.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

With Harden wanting out of Houston and Kyrie falling into his old habits of creating a negative locker room, should Brooklyn look to swing a trade for James?

James Harden to Brooklyn: Does Kyrie have to be included?

While the best scenario for Brooklyn would be to keep Kyrie, the Rockets may not be interested in negotiating like that. Brooklyn is still one of the better teams in the league that still have trade assets in picks and young players, so they could maneuver around giving up Kyrie. Also, the Rockets wouldn’t want to have an unhappy Kyrie on their team.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Jan 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball against the Utah Jazz during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

However, are the other assets good enough? The Rockets could genuinely have a strong team with Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Joe Harris joining their team. If Brooklyn can’t give up Kyrie, it will take a package like this to force their hand, plus a lot of picks, considering all the ones Houston have lost over the years.

With Kyrie’s moods being disruptive, Harden would be the best option to shoulder the load. Kevin Durant is still easing into action after his Achilles’ injury. While he has looked good, the Nets’ record isn’t looking good. Irving not being on the floor is one of the reasons for that.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Maybe adding a former MVP like James Harden is the thing the Nets need to win. Despite all the Kyrie-dysfunction, talent trumps everything. A team with James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant sounds like something out of an NBA 2K game. They may just be unstoppable.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Ishaan Bhattacharya

1510 articles

Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

essentiallysports's Stories