Miami Heat Reportedly Unwilling to Involve Duncan Robinson in Trade For James Harden

Published 12/18/2020, 2:00 AM EST
Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden leaves the court after a victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports


James Harden seems set on making his way out of the Houston Rockets. Even though he has joined training camp and played pre-season games, the entire Rockets franchise looks in turmoil. They gave up most of their future assets for Russell Westbrook last season and have already traded him away.

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The men in-charge of basketball last season, Mike D’Antoni and Daryl Morey, have both left the team as well. Harden has given the majority of his prime to Houston and it hasn’t worked out. However, he has been eyeing trades to certain teams. Top of that list are the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers, and now the Miami Heat.

However, trade talks with the Miami may have hit a sticking point with the inclusion of Duncan Robinson.

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Robinson is possibly one of the best shooters in the league. He scores with volume and efficiency. He was one of the important bench pieces for the Heat in their run to the NBA Finals. However, this is James Harden we are talking about.

James Harden not going to Miami?

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This is a hard situation for Miami. While what you get in Harden’s ability on the court is undisputed, what you get off the court may be hard to manage. Miami is a very tightly run franchise and has a robust work culture; all the things Harden is getting criticized for not having.

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) dunks as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) looks on during the first half. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Duncan Robinson is on the end of his small contract and will definitely be getting paid next season. He is also integrated into the fabric of the team, having a strong relationship with Jimmy Butler. The Heat wouldn’t want to blow up this team for Harden, who is a massive risk with still a few years on the contract.

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The Giannis Antetokounmpo extension in Milwaukee has made Miami’s 2021 free agency a little cloudy. However, they did commit money to Bam Adebayo and could get Robinson on a solid deal. Whether James Harden is worth giving all that up because of his sensational on-court ability is something only the Heat can decide.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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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.

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