The Houston Rockets send James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a giant trade that brings Victor Oladipo to the Rockets, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. Caris LeVert is on his way to the Indiana Pacers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are also involved in this massive trade, with Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince on their way from Brooklyn. Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs also go to the Rockets along with a bunch of first-round picks and pick-swaps.
Here is the full blockbuster deal highlighted by James Harden and Victor Oladipo:
Sources: Full current trade:
Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 BKN first-rounders (22, 24, 26), 1MIL first (22, unprotected), 4 BKN 1st round swaps (21, 23, 25, 27)
Net: James Harden
Pacers: Caris LeVert, 2nd round
Cavs: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
Hard trade talks have escalated in recent days, and everything came to a head when the superstar’s shooting guard effectively announced his trade request Tuesday night after an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets and Philadelphia 76ers were reportedly the two finalists for Harden’s services, with the Rockets reportedly pushing for Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey as the headlines in a potential deal involving Philly.
But it did not work out, so Harden is going to Brooklyn, which is reportedly where he wanted to go all the time. The real shock is that the Pacers get involved by sending Victor Oladipo to the Rockets for Caris LeVert, who originally seemed to be the stud on his way to Houston.
There were trade rumors swirling around Oladipo for a while over the last year, but he tried to shut down everything that talked over this season. While he has looked more like himself this season after struggling to get out of a devastating knee injury in 2019-20, his 2021 free agency clearly weighed Indiana’s mind in these trade negotiations. Instead of possibly losing the shooting guard for nothing in the offseason, the Pacers jumped into this trade and got a younger player in LeVert, who is under contract for another two seasons after that of around $ 18 million annually.
A big question is whether the Rockets plan to keep Victor Oladipo and try to sign him again this offseason, or if they end up turning him around. Houston is 3-6 to start the season, but the team might want to see what he looks like alongside John Wall, Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins.