Wednesday January 13th 2021
Superstar to Durant and Irving
Harden's mega-trade makes Nets an NBA favorite
Superstar James Harden makes a spectacular move to the Brooklyn Nets, as US media report. The brilliant offensive player teams up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn: no other team in the NBA has three such top basketball players. The Nets rise to the big title contender.
The dissatisfied superstar James Harden has got his way according to consistent US media reports and is switching from the Houston Rockets to NBA rival Brooklyn Nets in a spectacular action. There the 31-year-old basketball player with the mighty beard will play together with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a rather rare combination of three athletic heavyweights in one team.
The always accurately informed NBA experts Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on the complex swap. Several teams should be involved: In addition to the Rockets and the Nets, the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brooklyn sent a package of Caris LeVert, other players, and draft picks to Houston. LeVert was swapped directly for Victor Oladipo from the Pacers.
"This situation is crazy"
Center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince will be traded by the Nets to the Cavaliers, according to sources, while the Rockets will get Cleveland guard Dante Exum and Brooklyn forward Rodions Kurucs. Houston also receives a few Draf picks.
Harden had made no secret of his dissatisfaction in the past few weeks and made public statements more clearly than ever before the day before the deal. "This situation is insane and the problems cannot be solved," he said after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. The Rockets are too weak.
Harden has never been an NBA champion in his career, but played with Kevin Durant at the Oklahoma City Thunder at a young age. The two are considered friends. Together with Durant and Irving it should finally be enough for Harden for the title, the biggest opponent are the Lakers around LeBron James. Irving caused a stir these days because videos of him were circulating on the net, celebrating at a party without a mask while he was on leave from the Nets for "personal reasons".