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Rockets: 3 trades that send James Harden to the Miami Heat

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 20: James Harden #13 and PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets arrive prior to the game between the Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena on December 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 20: James Harden #13 and PJ Tucker #17 of the Houston Rockets arrive prior to the game between the Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena on December 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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James Harden of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The Miami Heat have become a dark horse candidate to trade for the Houston Rockets’ James Harden. Here are three possible trades that would send Harden to South Beach.

James Harden continues to add teams to his list of preferred landing spots via trade for the Houston Rockets‘ front office to ponder. The most recent rumors have linked the Miami Heat, fresh off a finals trip, with Harden.

While the Heat have a multitude of high-quality NBA players to dangle in front of the Rockets, they lack the ability to include a large draft pick package. If the Heat are going to get involved in the James Harden sweepstakes they’ll have to offload a massive portion of the roster that just won them the Eastern Conference.

The Heat’s two best players, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are presumed to be off the table but their inclusion in any deal would offer the Rockets one of the best packages available. The Heat have assembled a deep and talented roster that they would have to depart with in order to land Harden, which could be a nonstarter for the organization.

However, players of James Harden’s quality rarely become available and have the ability to take their team to the next level. If the Heat believe the addition of Harden will take them from a finals participant to a league champion then they will have to consider swinging a move for the three-time scoring champ.

The Rockets won’t sell low and the Heat have the pieces to satisfy and trump just about any possible offer out there for Harden. These are three trades that the Heat could swing to snag James Harden and set their franchise up for their four NBA championship.

Next: Trade number 3

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