Houston Rockets trade frustrated Harden with Brooklyn Nets By Reuters

(Reuters) – The Houston Rockets traded guard James Harden to Brooklyn, the Nets announced Thursday, after the eight-time All-Star’s relationship with the Western Conference team broke down this week. Harden, the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player, said the Rockets “just weren’t good enough” this season as they rank second bottom in the Western Conference with a 3-6 record, leading the 31-year-old to say that the situation could not be fixed. Harden’s arrival with the Nets reunites him with forward Kevin Durant, his Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, and point guard Kyrie Irving, as the franchise seeks to form its own trio of stars. “Adding an All-NBA player like James to our roster better positions our team to compete against the best in the league,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “James is one of the most prolific scorers and playmakers in our game, and we are delighted to bring his special talent to Brooklyn.” The trade deal also involves the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Nets center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince moving to the Cavaliers, while guard Caris LeVert and forward Rodions Kurucs join the Rockets. US media reported that LeVert is expected to move to the Indiana Pacers in a trade for All-Star Victor Oladipo. The Nets, sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 7-6 record, also sent three first-round picks (2022, 2024 and 2026) and four first-round picks trades (2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027) to Houston.

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