Next time the Warriors meet James Harden, he’s not wearing a Houston Rockets uniform.
That’s because Harden is traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a giant four-team deal that also involves the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, according to several national reports.
The Warriors are scheduled to host Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on Feb. 13 at the Chase Center. It remains to be seen how this trio will exist and there are undoubtedly people in the basketball world who think things are not going well for the Nets.
Brooklyn coach Steve Nash has certainly cut his work out for him in terms of keeping everyone happy and on the same page, but the talent is undeniable. And if the chemistry is strong – and if everything falls into place – the Nets should be one of the best NBA title favorites for the next many years.
The Warriors obviously hope to face Brooklyn in the NBA Finals at some point and will have a much better chance when Klay Thompson returns from his cracked right Achilles tendon next season. In the end, it’s a good thing for the Warriors that they are not in the same conference as the Nets.
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As for the rockets, they participated in the fun:
This is something of a risk to the rockets because Victor Oladipo is scheduled to be an unlimited free agent this summer. If he does not sign, Houston will wish it still had the very talented Caris LeVert on board.
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As for this season, we’ll see if the Warriors – who eliminated the Rockets from the mail season four times over a five-year period from 2015 to 2019 – end up fighting Houston for playoff positioning.
Ultimately, Harden leaving Rockets for the Nets is a massive deal, and the domino effect will be felt in the years to come.
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