As James Harden has added the Portland Trail Blazers to his wishlist of desired teams, here are four potential trades that should garner the interest of the Houston Rockets.
After eight seasons with the Houston Rockets, franchise star James Harden notified the Rockets that he wanted to part with the franchise, in hopes of increasing the likelihood of him winning a title. Harden was specifically hoping to go to the Brooklyn Nets, but they don’t exactly have the assets to send for a five-time MVP finalist.
With Brooklyn an unlikely option, Harden gave the Rockets an additional number of teams he’d be open to getting moved to, in hopes of ensuring his departure from the franchise. Although the Rockets can certainly deal Harden against his wishes, his contract situation has reportedly played a part in other teams’ willingness to part with the amount of assets that it would take to complete a trade.
This is because Harden would essentially be a short-term rental, which could scare off potential interested teams, especially as it pertains to parting with younger assets and future draft capital. Harden’s list previously consistently of only Eastern Conference teams, prior to the most recent news, which is that he added the Portland Trail Blazers to his list, which was a bit of a head scratcher for many.
With The Beard seeking to find his way to Portland, let’s take a look at four potential trade packages that would allow the Blazers to successfully pull off a deal that would send the Houston Rockets star to the northwest.
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