The Houston Rockets face a difficult situation where both Russell Westbrook and James Harden want to be traded ahead of the 2020-21 NBA season. Harden has since been linked to the Brooklyn Nets to form a trio with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Harden’s “intention” is to land on the Brooklyn Nets. He has spent time in recent weeks in the Los Angeles area working out with Durant and Irving. The Rockets would command a “massive haul” in return in any deal.
The Nets will need to be prepared to make a substantial offer if their intention is to land Harden via trade. The Rockets will need to be incentivized to move on from a perennial MVP candidate who is under contract through 2022-23.
There have been some concerns from NBA experts about whether Harden would be able to fit cohesively with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. When considering they can all knock down open jumpers from deep and thrive as pull-up shooters.
The Philadelphia 76ers are another team that is on Harden’s list of preferred destinations. If they were willing to part with either Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, it would be difficult for the Nets to field as competitive of a trade package.
The Houston Rockets already are reportedly not interested in pursuing a trade for Ben Simmons if it involves James Harden. However, that was before the reports of the superstar wanting to be traded.
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