Are the Miami Heat Going to Regret Their Bold Stance Against James Harden?

Published 02/21/2021, 12:30 AM EST
Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) gets defended by Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington (8) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


When James Harden demanded a trade from the Houston Rockets, many teams lined up to acquire the former MVP. One of those teams was the reigning Eastern Conference champion, the Miami Heat.

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However, the deal between the Heat and the Rockets broke down for one reason. Houston made it quite clear that they want a trade package around Miami’s promising young talent in Tyler Herro.

Considering that Herro is still developing and could go on to become a superstar in the future, the Heat declined this offer. As a result, a few days later, James Harden ended up being traded to the Brooklyn Nets. This gave birth to the monstrous trio of James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving.

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While it took them some time, the three are slowly but surely gelling together. On the other hand, Miami can’t seem to repeat their terrific form from last season as they continue to struggle.

Did the Miami Heat make a mistake by not trading for James Harden?

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) reacts after making a shot against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Heat President Pat Riley is one of the most competent front office people in the entire league. After the Heat’s super team broke up in 2014, it took him just six years to get the team back to the NBA Finals.

Tyler Herro played a crucial role in last season’s postseason run. But James Harden is a former MVP and adding him to the team would have made them even stronger. Moreover, this season, Harden has been nothing but sensational since joining the Nets.

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The Beard is registering a triple double from time to time and handling the facilitating duties for the Nets. While Harden is enjoying this success, Herro has been struggling to stay in form.

If the two sides meet in the NBA Playoffs, the Nets will undoubtedly have an upper hand on Miami.

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What are your thoughts on Miami not trading for James Harden? Was it a good decision or did the Heat make a mistake? Feel free to share your views in the comments section below.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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