Over the past few months, there has been drama brewing between the Houston Rockets and James Harden. During that time, Harden has demanded a trade, was late arriving in Houston for the season, and most recently, Harden criticized the team after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday Night. After months of drama, and trade rumors, the team pulled the trigger.

On Wednesday, the Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a four team deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers. In return for Harden, Houston Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, multiple first round picks and pick swaps, Cleveland will be receiving Jarrett Allen, and Taurean Prince Brooklyn will receive James Harden and Indiana will acquire Caris LeVert and a 2nd round pick .

Harden is under contract until after the 2022-23 season with a cap hit of more than $40 million a season. Before Houston sent him to Brooklyn the Philadelphia 76ers were heavily interest in Harden.

In 8 games this season, Harden has averaged 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 10.4 assists, and 4.3 turnovers per game. With Harden gone, this is not the first major trade Houston has made in the past several months. Last Month, Houston traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a 2023 first-round pick.

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