One of the biggest storylines entering the NBA season was James Harden's desire to end his 8-year saga in Houston and flick his wrist for another squad. While trade talks quieted at one point, his wish finally came true.
On Wednesday, the NBA landscape really shifted, as several league insiders shared that James Harden was officially being traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal involving four teams and numerous players.
For Harden, the Nets are sending a total of eight first-round draft picks to the Rockets: two unprotected slots in 2022, one in '24 and one in '26, and then four pick swaps in '21, '23, '25 and '27, a special item giving them the option to swap first-round draftees with another team.
Trade block is hot! But Houston was just getting started. They expanded the trade and scooped Victor Oladipo from the Pacers in exchange for Caris LeVert via the Nets and a second-round pick. Dante Exum also joins from Cleveland, which received two Nets players.
Having dished four rostered names, fans imagined rising star Spencer Dinwiddie's reaction when he found out he had "survived."
In Brooklyn, Harden reunites with his former OKC Thunder teammate Kevin Durant, who's been ballin'. Across 8 games, he's put up 29.9 PPG, second-highest in the NBA.
However, the Nets have struggled as a whole. They're currently seventh in the East at 6-6, an underwhelming record that's only been made worse by Kyrie Irving's looming absence over the past five games and counting due to "personal reasons."
Hate to see it: The final days of Harden rocking a red jersey weren't the brightest. An analyst couldn't help but comment on the 8x All-Star's noticeably thicc build, and the Lakers smacked 'em in back-to-back games, capped off with a no-look three-pointer courtesy of LeBron.