With James Harden having recently added the Boston Celtics to his list of preferred teams, here are three deals that could make the Houston Rockets deal him to Beantown.
It’s been fairly quiet on the James Harden trade front of late, as Harden and the Houston Rockets have been focused on the 2020-21 NBA season, which currently has the team 3-4. The most recent updates have been regarding teams that could want in on The Beard’s services, which figures to be a rather lengthy list, as Harden is one of the best three players in the league and is under contract through 2021-22, not to mention his player option of $47 million for the 2022-23 season.
It’s been fairly quiet from Harden’s camp for the last several weeks, as the last update we heard from Harden was that he added the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics to his desired list of preferred destinations, joining the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and Brooklyn Nets. One of the teams that figure to have the necessary pieces to get a deal done is the Celtics, who own all of their draft picks and have several star players who are under 25 and are locked up long-term.
The Celtics will almost certainly hold on to Jayson Tatum, who has the look of a future top-ten player (and possibly current one, depending on who you ask), as the appeal for them to add Harden, aside from the obvious, would be to team him up with Tatum. With Boston having several talented players to include in a Harden deal, in addition to the draft picks that the Rockets reportedly want, let’s take a look at three potential trades that would send Harden to Beantown.
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