After months of disgruntlement and discontent, James Harden is finally set to bid adieu to Houston. The 31-year-old is set to join the Brooklyn Nets, where he will reunite with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant. The Nets now boast one of the best offences in the league with all-star guard Kyrie Irving also in the mix, making them one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference all of a sudden.
James Harden's tumultuous last few weeks have come to an end and The Beard is enjoying his wish being granted. The Beard created controversy in the offseason for visiting a strip club while breaking NBA health and safety protocols. While the 31-year-old denied those links, the league handed him a massive $50,000 fine.
Harden had also sensationally failed to report to the training camp early in December while partying with friend and rapper Lil Baby in Atlanta and Las Vegas. With his trade granted, James Harden was again caught having fun, this time on Instagram. The Beard reportedly liked an Instagram post, which suggested that the Houston strippers would suffer massive financial losses after the Harden Nets trade.
The Nets and Rockets along with the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers made up a four-team mega-trade that seen many players and draft picks move in and out. Brooklyn welcomed James Harden and sent the next three available first-round draft picks to Houston along with four draft pick swaps. Rockets received four first-round picks and four first-round swaps along with Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs. The Nets also parted ways with Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert, with the former along with Taurean Prince signing for the Cavaliers, while LeVert moved to the Pacers.
James Harden instantly improves the Nets offence, but their defence remains a cause of concern especially after the trade of Jarrett Allen. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how head coach Steve Nash can manage the egos of the three big stars and make them work on the collective as they challenge for the NBA title. Harden's arrival will further decrease the immense pressure of Durant, with Kyrie Irving currently unavailable after taking a 'personal leave'.