Should the Rockets bite?
Trading James Harden for Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, and three first-round picks would be hard to turn down for the Rockets. The deal would provide them with future assets and enough present value to remain a competitive team. The Rockets wouldn’t be a playoff lock but the departure of Harden would almost certainly signify their willingness to move Westbrook as well.
If the right return comes in for Westbrook the Rockets could be a fun team that has enough future assets to be a player in free agency and via trade. However, would the Nets jettison this much talent just to land Harden? The conventional wisdom says you pay whatever the price is for your superstars but the Nets are in a different situation.
The Nets already have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The addition of James Harden would make them an awesome offensive team but there remains one ball. Super teams have made it work but every time a player has to sacrifice shots.
Out of Kyrie, KD, and Harden, which one is going to shoot less? Which one even should?
The Nets have enviable depth and would sacrifice nearly all of it to land Harden. Would he make them better?
Yes, but by how much? Offloading a pick for a player like Danny Green makes more sense for a team like the Nets. In the end, we’ll see just how much power NBA superstars really have. If Harden becomes a Net, we’ll know, they have all of it.