Before the 2020-21 season began, James Harden went public and requested a trade out of Houston. Harden listed Miami, Brooklyn, Boston, and Portland as some of his preferred trade destinations. Over the last couple of months, the rumbles and rumors got louder and louder. Today, Harden’s request was granted, and he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Here are the official trade details.
Rockets acquire: Victor Oladipp, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, three Brooklyn First-round picks (’22, ’24, ’26), one Milwaukee First-round pick(’22), and 4 Brooklyn first-round pick swaps (’21, ’23, ’25, ’27)
Brooklyn acquire: James Harden.
Pacers acquire: Caris Levert, 2nd round pick.
Cavs: Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince.
A massive four-team benefits. Caris Levert will join Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon in Indiana. Oladipo gets a fresh start with John Wall and the new-look Rockets. Cleveland receives two high-quality players to pair alongside young guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Harden goes to Brooklyn, where he will join Kevin Durant and (possibly) Kyrie Irving.