If Russell Westbrook trade rumors weren’t enough, talks about the Houston Rockets’ other superstar, James Harden, have also been swirling around.
One possible destination Harden could land is in Brooklyn with the Nets, but according to SNY sources, the support for such a trade isn’t universal. People around Harden contacted some Nets players to discuss the possibility of the perennial All-Star joining the team, per SNY sources. Some were supportive, but not all players contacted about a potential Harden-to-Brooklyn deal were in favor of it, sources said.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that Harden’s «focus is on getting to the Brooklyn Nets, that’s his intention.» On Sunday, Wojnarowski said a Nets trade was «resonating» with Harden.
Wojnarowski reported Sunday that there are no current trade talks between the two teams, saying Houston’s thought process is to «run it back» with Harden this season.
The first reason this trade would make sense is the obvious connection with Kevin Durant, as the two played together during their time with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Along with Westbrook, that team had multiple chances to win a ring together.
Replacing Westbrook in this equation would be Kyrie Irving. So that would be three of the best scorers in the NBA all in Brooklyn. A scary situation if it were to happen.
Harden is still owed about $133 million of the $171.1 million deal he signed last season with the Rockets. So the Nets would need to take that on in addition to Durant and Irving’s lucrative deals.