Hoops Talk: Chris Paul Traded to Suns, James Harden Sets Sights on Brooklyn

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Monday marked the biggest day of the NBA off-season so far, as ESPN reported that Chris Paul and Abdel Nader are being traded from the OKC Thunder to the Phoenix Suns for a slew of talent: Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick.

The move gives Devin Booker a veteran guard to rely on for guidance, savvy decision-making and plenty of three-point dimes and launches the Suns into legit contender talk in the Western Conference. They made a statement in the bubble, going 8-0 and barely missing the playoffs.

But the rumor that really got NBA Twitter talking was that Houston's James Harden "wants to be on a contender elsewhere," according to Shams Charania. His ideal landing spots are Philly and Brooklyn. However, the Rockets are "fully comfortable" with hanging on to an (unsatisfied) Harden and Russell Westbrook heading into next season.

The latter would place Harden in an epic backcourt led by Kyrie Irving and reunite him with his former Thunder teammate(s) Kevin Durant and, possibly, Serge Ibaka. The Raptors big man reportedly shares a "strong mutual interest" with the Nets.

Would you be happy to see Harden head to Brooklyn?