Houston Rockets’ superstar James Harden wants out of Houston, and the Brooklyn Nets are his desired landing spot but is a trade doable?
Reports have surfaced that Houston Rockets star, James Harden, may force a move to the Brooklyn Nets. A trade of that magnitude would instantly make Brooklyn an NBA Finals favorite, as the trio of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden could be the most potent offense in the history of the league.
However, the mechanics of a trade of this size are incredibly complicated. Harden may want to be a Net but the chances he becomes one are incredibly unlikely.
Harden is under contract with the Rockets for two more seasons plus a player option in 2022-23. The Rockets can take their time and look for the best possible deal if Harden truly wants out. Rockets general manager Rafael Stone has already indicated that it will take a King’s ransom to pry Harden from Houston. Harden heading to Brooklyn will come down to if the Nets have enough ammunition to appease Stone’s asking price.
To make matters more complicated, both the Rockets and the Nets are well over the NBA’s salary cap. Due to the mechanics of the salary-cap, the Nets and Rockets will have to find a deal where the outcoming and incoming salary match, which is a tall task when a player making $40.8 million is being moved. If Harden remains adamant in wanting to go to Brooklyn here is how a potential deal could look.
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