Everyone believed that without James Harden, the Houston Rockets were nothing. And now it looks like that fear of all Rockets’ fans is coming to reality. After reports of Harden wanting to opt-out from the franchise, the Brooklyn Nets became the front runner in what might be the trade of the season.
We can’t know for sure if the Rockets will honor Harden’s request, but it looks like the Brooklyn Nets won’t leave any stone unturned in acquiring the former MVP. The Nets have plenty of assets to make this trade happen. Thus, it won’t be surprising if the Nets pull off this trade, even though Harden’s price is set extremely high.
The speculated assets are Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert. However, NBA Analyst and former player Kendrick Perkins thinks the Nets should include their superstar player, Kyrie Irving, in the package. Such a package will improve their chances to acquire Harden, as the Rockets won’t let go of the face of their franchise for anything less.
Why is this a package the Nets should consider?
The thought of Kyrie, Kevin Durant, and Harden forming a ‘Big Three’ sounds very exciting. On paper, this trio should be able to get a hold of a championship. However, maybe that won’t translate to reality.
With three players who are all very ball-dominant, the chemistry on the court won’t sit well. It could go either way. Either the trio can become the most deadly combination of the league, or this will be just another recipe for disaster.
Moreover, there is another issue with this plan. Both Durant and Kyrie came to the Nets last summer together, and they share a very tight bond. So, trading Kyrie might be a hard decision for the Nets to make.
The Philadelphia 76ers are another team linked to Harden’s trade. With his connection with Daryl Morey, it is not crazy to consider this possibility either. However, what’s in the Rockets’ best interest? Will they let go of the player who has been holding the fort for them for so long?
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