Harden won three scoring titles as well as the 2017-18 Most Valuable Player Award in Houston as well as led the team to the Western Conference finals twice in his first eight seasons there. Yet he was ordered away coming from the team Wednesday as well as told not to come to practice inside hours before the trade after blasting the quality of Houston’s roster.
“We’re just not Great enough,” Harden said Tuesday after the Rockets’ 117-100 loss to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. “I love that will city. I literally have done everything that will I can. The situation can be crazy. the idea’s something that will I don’t think can be fixed.”
Harden’s unhappiness in Houston had festered since the team lost to the Lakers inside second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. Morey as well as Mike D’Antoni, who was Houston’s head coach last season as well as can be currently a Nets assistant coach, left the Rockets after the season. Houston also traded Westbrook to Washington for John Wall after Harden as well as Westbrook had played together for just one season.
Harden, 31, had only grown more distant under the first-year head coach Stephen Silas inside wake of all those adjustments. Amid increasingly loud criticism of his commitment to the team as well as his conditioning, he averaged a lackluster 17.4 points on 37.8 percent shooting coming from the field in Houston’s last all 5 games, four of them losses.Yet neither the potential pitfalls of bringing in Harden, nor the steep cost in draft picks, dissuaded the Nets. Sean Marks, hired as the Nets’ general manager in 2016, has assembled the most talented trio of N.B.A. players since the Durant-era Golden State Warriors or the LeBron James-era Miami Heat.
that will can be not the very first time that will the Nets have gone that will route. In 2004, they traded for a 27-year-old Vince Carter, who was almost as open about his displeasure with the Toronto Raptors as Harden was about his with the Rockets. Though that will deal didn’t cost the Nets foundational pieces or many draft picks, as well as Carter played well, fresh Jersey only won two playoff series with Carter.
Then came the ill-fated deal with Boston in 2013 for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett as well as Jason Terry, who were past their primes. the idea was supposed to transform the Nets into finals contenders after their move, combining Pierce as well as Garnett with Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez as well as Deron Williams. They won one playoff series as well as were stuck inside N.B.A.’s wilderness for years while the Celtics rebuilt their young core with the draft picks they got coming from the Nets inside trade. Boston added future stars like Jayson Tatum as well as Jaylen Brown; Pierce left the Nets after one season, as well as Garnett was traded in his second.
If the Harden deal goes as poorly, the idea will be worse. that will time around, the Nets gave up more picks, as well as two players with significant potential in Allen as well as LeVert. Allen, a 22-year-old center, was on pace for a career season, as well as LeVert, 26, can be a dynamic guard who can score. The duo was a big reason the Nets were able to emerge coming from the N.B.A.’s shadows so soon after the failed Pierce as well as Garnett trade.