Are the Nets the New Favorite?

James Harden has taken on the role of point guard with the Brooklyn Nets.

James Harden has taken on the role of point guard with the Brooklyn Nets.

Philip Smith, Editor-in-Chief

On January 14, 2021, the NBA world was shaken up massively by James Harden being traded from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets.

James Harden caused a lot of drama during the offseason, demanding a trade from the Houston Rockets following Stephen Silas being announced as the new head coach of the team. One way he was able to force his way out was by creating rifts between him and his teammates. At the beginning of the season, Harden had to sit out because he broke protocol for going to a strip club. For the Rockets, team chemistry was growing greatly while Harden was out, so Houston had a decision to make, and they decided to deal Harden.

The Nets are hoping to win a championship this year, since they have Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Harden has been a top-level player since he went to Houston, so the Nets had an obvious interest in them. The two teams came to an agreement, and many players were moved.

In this trade the Brooklyn Nets received James Harden, a former MVP, and perennial all-star, and a 2024 second round pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Houston Rockets received four first round picks, four pick swaps, and Victor Oladipo.

The Cleveland Cavaliers received Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince.

The Indiana Pacers received Caris Lavert, and a 2023 second round pick.

One unexpected thing that arose from this trade was potentially lifesaving. Caris Lavert, when getting traded to the Pacers had a physical taken, and during that physical they found a mass on his kidney. That mass turned out to be cancerous, and it was removed to help the health of Lavert. Had he not been traded, who knows what would have happened to Lavert.

It will be interesting to see what comes from this trade, if the Nets will become top contenders, will the Rockets grow into a great team, and what else will happen to the teams around the league?