Nets officially acquire James Harden in a blockbuster deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Brooklyn Nets have officially added James Harden in a blockbuster deal on Saturday. After the deal was revealed on Thursday, the deal did not become official until two days later.

While the Nets get the major piece in this deal, the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, and the Cleveland Cavaliers were also involved. Besides Harden, the Nets also received a 2024 second-round draft pick from the Cavaliers.

Former Houston Rockets guard James Harden looks in during a game
James Harden looks in during a game (Photo by the Houston Rockets/Instagram)

The Rockets had benched Harden earlier on Thursday before the deal leaked out.

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“Adding an All-NBA player such as James to our roster better positions our team to compete against the league’s best,” Nets GM Sean Marks said. “James is one of the most prolific scorers and play makers in our game, and we are thrilled to bring his special talents to Brooklyn. While we are excited to welcome James and his family to the Nets, we also want to thank the players, who are departing. Caris, Jarrett, Rodions, and Taurean were instrumental to the team’s success and have made an enormous impact on our organization.

“It has been a pleasure watching them grow both as players and as people and they will always be part of our Nets family. We wish each of them and their families all the best in the future.”

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Center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince have been traded to the Cavaliers.

Also, guard Caris LeVert, forward Rodions Kurucs, and three first-round draft picks were moved to the Rockets. The team also received four first-round draft pick swaps.

The first-round draft picks from the Nets are scheduled in 2022, 2024, and 2016. The first-round draft pick swaps are scheduled in 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027.

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The Rockets also acquired guard Dante Exum and a 2022 first-round draft pick that originally belonged to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Rockets then swapped LeVert and cash considerations to the Pacers for Victor Oladipo. Indiana also received a future second-round draft pick from the Rockets and an additional future second-round draft pick from the Cavaliers.

“First and foremost, we want to thank Victor for what he gave to the Pacers through his play, his diligence in rehab coming back from a serious injury, and his community efforts,” Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard said. “These decisions are never easy, and this one, in particular, was hard because of our relationship. Caris is a high-quality person who will fit in with what we as an organization are doing, on and off the floor.

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“He’s a versatile young talent, who we think will be a great fit with the direction our team is taking. He can play multiple positions and affect the game at both ends of the floor.”

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