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Would the Rockets trade James Harden to the Warriors?

Houston Rockets James Harden Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Houston Rockets James Harden Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Jeff Chiu-Pool/Getty Images)

With fears that Golden State Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson suffered a serious injury could the Warriors look to trade for James Harden of the Houston Rockets?

Houston Rockets’ star James Harden has expressed his desire to be traded to a team that can compete for a championship. Would the Rockets be willing to send Harden to the very team that blocked their path to a championship some many times before in the Golden Warriors?

On the cusp of the NBA draft, reports surfaced that Golden State Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson had suffered a lower left leg injury. The severity of the injury is unknown but those close to the situation have expressed concerns that it could be significant.

The Warriors looked poised to bounce back into the championship conversation after an injury-ravaged 2019-20 season that saw them finish with the worst record in the league. Klay Thompson missed the entirety of the season recovering from a torn ACL and now his 2020-21 could be in jeopardy.

The Warriors are in win-now mode and could be in need of a backcourt partner to team with Stephen Curry if Thompson is out for a significant period of time. James Harden is the best available player on the trade market and has been adamant about his desire to play for a title contender.

The Rockets, after a draft-day that underwhelmed, look headed towards a rebuild. James Harden’s prime is coming to a close and he doesn’t have time to languish through lean times.

The Warriors need another star and the Rockets have the best one available. The Rockets need a fresh start and the Warriors have the second overall pick in James Wiseman.

Could the Warriors be audacious enough to engage in trade talks with the Rockets over James Harden? Would the Rockets even entertain an offer? And should they?

Next: What would the Rockets get for Harden?

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