The Boston Celtics have been busy this offseason in the rumor mill. Reports stated that they were trying to land Jrue Holiday and had shopped Kemba Walker around to get picks to make that trade happen. Now, it appears that they are making a late push to acquire James Harden from the Houston Rockets.
According to a report from Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, the Celtics are making a late push to trade for Harden. He did state that the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are still considered the front-runners to acquire Harden.
Harden has been pushing for a trade to the Nets over the past 48 hours. Many have reported that he is unhappy with the Rockets’ management and it could have something to do with the team owner’s support of Donald Trump.
No matter what the reasoning is for Harden wanting out, it has shaken up the entire NBA offseason.
If the Celtics could find a way to acquire Harden from the Rockets, they would likely be the favorites in the Eastern Conference. Boston and the Nets would likely be the top two teams in the conference on paper.
Last season with the Rockets, Harden put together another monstrous year. He averaged 34.3 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.6 rebounds. Harden shot 44.4 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 35.5 percent of his three-point attempts.
Needless to say, this is something to keep an eye on. Danny Ainge is doing everything in his power to lead the Celtics to another NBA championship. Harden would be a huge step towards making that happen.
Expect to hear a lot more about James Harden in the coming hours and days. A trade may be getting close. The Celtics, Nets, and 76ers appear to be the main teams with a chance to acquire him and we will make sure to have all the updates you need on this situation.