The Houston Rockets are one or two moves away from becoming one of the most draft-rich teams in the entire NBA.
Trading James Harden seemed like a tough move in the moment for the Rockets. Losing one of the best players in the league that helped lead the team through the regular season and the playoffs like Harden did was obviously going to rub some people the wrong way.
Now, those people look like they could be even more wrong than they already were.
There is a reason why trading for superstars is usually so beneficial for the team acquiring the players. The team that gets the picks usually ends up with way less because their value drops immediately once they are tied to one of the best players in the league.
A team that already had Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving giving a bunch of picks to the Rockets should never worry about losing value on those picks. Who cares about losing a late 20s pick when you win all the time?
That is what should've happened for the Nets. Unfortunately for Brooklyn, Harden was a terrible acquisition, Irving has been a mess, and even Durant isn't able to carry the rest of the cast through the playoffs.
The Nets are in a position now where they can't throw a mountain of money at Irving after his most recent season, and that could lead to Kevin Durant requesting a trade as well if he isn't happy with his situation.
The house of cards is collapsing for the Nets, and it isn't going to get any better if these guys leave. While Brooklyn would get a mountain of picks for Durant in any trade, they aren't going to be the good ones tied to a team that could be the worst in the NBA by a wide margin.
Those picks would belong to Houston because of Harden.
The Nets without Durant and Irving could be the best thing that has happened to the Rockets in years, especially if it all happens right as Victor Wembanyama is entering the league.
The future is looking very bright for the Rockets in Houston. The same can't be said for the Nets.
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