Harden, 31, led the National Basketball Association in scoring for the third-straight season, averaging 34.3 points per game in 2019-20 and is owed $131.5 million over the next three seasons, including a $46.9 million player option in 2022-23. Harden was traded to Houston in 2013. Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, and Jarrett Allen were the names most likely on the trading block.
Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson of Heavy.com and Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle noted that Harden officially requested a trade, and he is allegedly looking to head to the Brooklyn Nets if a deal can be struck up.
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This certainly makes the entire situation a whole lot trickier.
James Harden during a game with the Houston Rockets. On the other hand, losing KD or Kyrie, even before they got a chance to play together would be something that wouldn't sit right with a lot of people.
The Nets, meanwhile are not only over the cap this year and next, they could be taxpayers in both years, so they're not in any position to pivot and just sign a star in next year's loaded free agent class. It is all due to their newly appointed president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey.
The Rockets were selling Harden, 31, on the idea of an extension that would help to complete his career in Houston, but so far he's rejecting that idea. There can be a scenario involving a 3 team trade, but that seems like a very long shot.