Harden won three scoring titles and the 2017-18 Most Valuable Player Award in Houston and led the team to the Western Conference Finals twice in its first eight seasons there. Yet he was turned away from the team on Wednesday and told not to come into practice hours before the trade after destroying the quality of Houston’s roster.
“We’re not very good right now,” Harden said Tuesday after the Rockets’ 117–100 defeat to defending champions Los Angeles Lakers. “I love this city. I’ve really done everything I can. The situation is crazy. It’s something I don’t think it can be fixed.”
Hardik’s unhappiness in Houston has led to his loss since losing to the Lakers in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs last season. Morey and Mike D’Antoni, who were Houston’s head coaches last season and are now assistant coaches for the Nets, left the Rockets after the season. Houston also traded Westbrook to Washington for John Wall after Harden and Westbrook played together in the same season.
Harden, 31, had become more distant under first-year head coach Stephen Silas in the wake of all those changes. Amid vigorous criticism of his commitment to the team and conditioning, he faced a 17.4-point deficit in Houston’s last five games shooting 37.8 percent, losing four of them. However, there were no possible pitfalls of bringing in Harden, neither. The steep cost in draft picks, dissolved the Nets. Sean Marks, hired as Nets general manager in 2016Has gathered the most talented trio of NBA players since the Durant-era Golden State Warriors or LeBron James-era Miami Heat.
This is not the first time that the Nets have gone this route. In 2004, he traded for 27-year-old Vince Carter, who was almost open to him. Outrage with Toronto rappers As Harden was about the Rockets. Although the deal did not cost the Net Foundational Peace or multiple draft picks, and Carter played well, New Jersey only won two playoff series with Carter.
Came again Unlucky deal With Boston in 2013 for Paul Pearce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, who were past their offenses. It was his move to turn the Nets into final contenders, combining Pearce and Garnett with Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams. He won a playoff series and was stuck in the NBA wilderness for years while the Celtics rebuilt his young core with draft picks he received from the Nets in the trade. Boston added future stars such as Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown; Pierce left the Nets after one season, and was traded to Garnett in his second.
If Harden’s deal was as bad, it would be worse. This time around, the Nets selected two players with significant potential in Allen and Levert. Allen, a 22-year-old center, was on pace for a career season, and 26-year-old Leviert is a dynamic guard who can score. The pairing was a big reason the Nets were able to emerge from the NBA’s shadow so quickly after the unsuccessful Pierce and Garnett trade.