According to reliable ESPN journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, James Harden has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a blockbuster trade involving other organizations like the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert was originally one of the players that went to Houston as a part of the Harden trade, but was later traded to the Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2021
As part of blockbuster four-team trade today, the Rockets are sending a 2023 second-round pick to the Pacers, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 14, 2021
Shams Chariana of ‘The Athletic’ also broke down the deal, explaining the involvement of the Cavaliers in the trade.
Sources: Full current trade:
Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 BKN first-rounders (22, 24, 26), 1 MIL first (22, unprotected), 4 BKN 1st round swaps (21, 23, 25, 27)
Nets: James Harden
Pacers: Caris LeVert, 2nd-rounder
Cavs: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
Harden was reportedly unhappy at Houston and wanted out for quite a few months. After Rockets’ 117-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, during the post match conference the 31 year old walked out after saying, “We’re just not good enough. This situation is crazy. It’s something that … I don’t think can be fixed, so, yea, thanks.”