BROOKLYN (January 14, 2021) The Brooklyn Nets have acquired six-time All-NBA First Team guard James Harden from the Houston Rockets as part of a three-team trade that includes the Cleveland Cavaliers. As part of the deal, Brooklyn Center is sending Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince to Cleveland and guards Caris LeVert and Rodions Kurucs, as well as three first-round drafts (2022, 2024 and 2026) and four first-round swaps (2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027) to Houston. The Rockets also receive guard Dante Exum and a 2022 first-round draft from Cleveland (via Milwaukee), and Brooklyn acquires a second-round draft from 2024 from the Cavaliers to complete the deal.
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The league’s most valuable player in 2018, Harden (6’5 “, 220) has been named an All-Star in each of the last eight seasons (2013-20), marking the second longest active series of All-Star appearances behind only LeBron James (16 appearances in a row). He is a three-time scoring champion (2018-20) and became the first player to win three straight-scoring titles since Kevin Durant did so from 2010-12. Harden was also the league leader in assists in 2017, and he is one of only six players in NBA history to have won both scoring and assistant titles in their careers, joining James, Nate Archibald, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Russell Westbrook. Harden’s six All-NBA First Team picks are a draw with Durant for the second most among active players, and only after James’ NBA record 13 first team honors. He ranks 36th on the NBA’s list of times with 21,160 career points (fourth among active players) and 54th on the league’s all-time assists list with 5,338 career assists (sixth among active players).
Harden has appeared in 841 games (628 starts) across 12 NBA seasons with Houston (2012-21) and Oklahoma City (2009-12) recording a career-high 25.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 34.3 minutes per. while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from the 3-point range and 85.8 percent from the free-throw line. In the 2019-20 season, Harden recorded an average of 34.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field, 35.5 percent shooting from distance and 86.5 percent shooting from the free throw line with 6.6 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1 , 8 steals in 36.5 minutes per game through 68 regular-season games earning All-NBA First Team awards for the fourth straight season and finishing third in the MVP poll. Since the start of his NBA career, Harden has played in 841 of possible 885 regular season games, and no player has been in more games since the start of the 2009-10 season than Harden.
The native Compton, California, has also never missed the playoffs in his NBA career, seeing action in 128 games (85 starts) in 11 post-season appearances and averaging 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5, 8 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.3 minutes per. competition. He has made four trips to the Western Conference Finals in his career, twice with the Rockets (2015 and 2018) and twice with the Thunder (2011 and 2012). Harden has also represented the United States in international competition and earned a gold medal with the American men’s basketball team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Harden was originally selected with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Before beginning his NBA career, Harden spent two years (2007-09) in Arizona State, where he earned All-Pac-10 First Team honors twice and earned consensus first-team All-America honors as well as Pac-10. 10 Player The annual award in his second and final collegiate season.
Allen saw action in 234 games (180 starts) in his four seasons (2017-21) with the Nets, averaging 10.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 blocks in 24.4 minutes pr. Match. In the 2020-21 season, Allen has appeared in 12 games (five starts) and recorded an average of 11.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks in 26.6 minutes per game. Match. The Austin, Texas, native was named to Mtn Dew Ice Rising Stars as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte during his second season. He is also Net’s leader in field goal percentage (61.2 percent) and set the franchise’s single-season record for field goal percentage last season (64.9 percent). The 22-year-old was originally selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by Brooklyn.
LeVert appeared in 225 games (96 starts) in five seasons (2016-21) in Brooklyn averaging 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 25.9 minutes per game. Match. In 12 games (four starts) this season, Columbus, Ohio, Indians have averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 27.8 minutes per game. Competition. The 26-year-old was originally selected with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers and was traded to Brooklyn after the draft.
The Kurucs saw action in 115 games (55 starts) in three seasons with the Nets averaging 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game. Match. The Latvian native was originally selected with the 40th overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA draft by Brooklyn.
Prince appeared in 272 games (204 starts) across five NBA seasons with Brooklyn (2019-21) and Atlanta (2016-19), averaging 11.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists on 26.0 minutes per. Match. In 76 games (65 starts) in Brooklyn, Prince averaged 11.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27.3 minutes per game. Competition. In the 2020-21 season, the San Antonio, Texas, native has seen action in 12 games (four starts) with an average of 8.1 points and 2.8 rebounds of 18.1 minutes per game. Competition. The 26-year-old was originally acquired by Brooklyn through trading with the Atlanta Hawks on July 6, 2019.