James Harden trade: Nets trade for Rockets guard in blockbuster deal

James Harden is on the move.

The Houston Rockets have traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a huge, four-team blockbuster deal, several reports say.

The Rockets will acquire Victor Oladipo (through the Indiana Pacers), Dante Exum (through the Cleveland Cavaliers), Rodons Kurucs (through the Nets), three first-round draft picks by the Nets, a 2022 third-round draft pick by the Cavs (through the Milwaukee Bucks) and four first-round pick swaps with the Nets.

In addition, Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince were sent to Cleveland from Brooklyn. The Cavaliers will be shipping a 2024 second-round pick (via Milwaukee) to the Nets in the four-team trade.

The deal should please Harden, as he will join his former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant, along with Kyrie Irving. Three superstars on one team reminiscent of when Lebron James moved to Miami.

The Rockets struggled out of the door after a 3-6 start to the season and lost 117-100 Tuesday night to the Los Angeles Lakers. It was one of many reasons Harden wanted to be traded.

“We’re not even close, honestly, to [the Lakers] … and all the other elite teams out there,” Harden said after the Rockets 17-point loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I mean, you can tell the difference in these last two games. We’re just not good enough. Chemistry, talent wise, just everything. And it was clear these last two games.”

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