Latest on James Harden: Nets and 76ers finalists, with Brooklyn preparing to offer all future first-round picks

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The Nets have been connected to Rockets superstar James Harden via trade rumors. Here’s the latest…

Jan. 13, 2:03 p.m.

The Rockets are «sifting through offers» on a potential James Harden trade from the Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Per Charania, the Nets are preparing to offer a package that includes all four of their future first-round picks and three pick swaps.

While the Nets’ offer is hefty, the Rockets are pursuing a package from the Sixers that would revolve around Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times.

According to Charania, a deal could happen quickly.

Harden, who appeared to give a farewell news availability on Tuesday night, was not at practice on Wednesday.

Dec. 8, 5:52 p.m.

Harden is reportedly open to other playoff contenders in a trade – not just the Nets.

The 76ers were among the teams on his list, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and a main reason could be due to former Rockets GM Daryl Morey being there.

However, Morey has been adamant about wanting to keep Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in place in Philly. Given Harden’s status, it would be hard to see the Rockets not wanting one of them in a deal.

Dec. 7, 2:08 p.m.

Nets head coach Steve Nash downplayed the Harden trade rumors in his recent news conference. Addressing the “elephant in the room,” Nash wanted to just talk about his current players – not one who isn’t in the building.

“I guess we let the elephant be,» he said. «I love our guys and hopefully they all feel valued and wanted and respected. We have so many guys that bring so much to the table. When I’m in the gym with them everyday, I feel fortunate. So hopefully they feel that and they don’t feel like we’re looking out the window at greener pastures.”

Nov. 16, 9:19 p.m.

Harden reportedly turned down a max extension with Houston that would’ve set an NBA record.

He would’ve been the first player to ever make $50 million per season with the extension. But ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he’s focused on a trade to Brooklyn.

Harden supposedly had conversations with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving about joining the Nets and is now focused on that. The idea of it “resonated” with him and his “focus” shifted recently. Nothing has come out of conversations with the Rockets and Harden regarding a deal.

Nov. 15, 5:18 p.m.

Harden trade rumors to the Nets have been buzzing lately, but SNY’s Ian Begley is hearing from sources that idea isn’t universally accepted by Nets players.

Some players were supportive, but not all players contacted about a potential Harden-to-Brooklyn deal were in favor.