Reviewing The Rockets-Nets Trade

The Nets and Rockets completed a 4 team deal on Wednesday centered around James Harden heading to Brooklyn. Here are the complete trade details via ESPN:

TO NETS: James Harden (from Rockets), 2024 second-round pick from the Cavaliers

PLAYERS TO ROCKETS: Victor Oladipo (from Pacers), Dante Exum (from Cavs), Rodions Kurucs (from Nets)

PICKS TO ROCKETS: Brooklyn’s three unprotected first-round draft picks — 2022, 2024 and 2026 — in the deal, plus pick swaps in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027. Also, Milwaukee’s 2022 first-round pick, via Cleveland.

TO PACERS: Caris LeVert (from Rockets via Nets); 2023 second-round pick from the Rockets

TO CAVALIERS: Jarrett Allen (from Nets), Taurean Prince (from Nets)

The Rockets

The Rockets grabbed a historical haul of picks from the Nets which includes 4 first-round picks and four pick swaps. They got all this while also picking up Victor Oladipo from Indiana. The Rockets might be taking a page from OKC’s book by trading away Star assets to acquire draft picks . All of these first round picks are great future assets and with the addition of Victor Oladipo the Rockets could possibly be a 8th seed or play-in tournament candidate. That’s if they don’t move Oladipo once again. Oladipo has made it clear that he still wants to end up in Miami alongside all-stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. A deal between these two teams would most likely look like Kendrick Nunn and Kelly Olynyk/Andre Iguodala and a first round pick. Two expiring contracts and a first would be great for Houston and Oladipo heading to Miami could push them over the hump once again this season. After all is said and done I believe the Rockets will have made the right move.

The Nets

Brooklyn might just have the greatest big 3 ever with the acquisition of James Harden. If Kevin Durant could stay healthy and Kyrie could keep himself focused on basketball the Nets will win the East and possibly win an NBA championship. This trade does have a few downsides for the Nets this year and in the future. The Nets need some more depth at center and just in general. On the defensive side of the ball the Nets just lost two solid defenders in Caris Levert and Jarrett Allen not to mention losing Spencer Dinwiddie to a season ending ACL injury. As for the future the Nets just mortgaged it. This deal is very reminiscent of the 2013 draft night trade that sent Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn in exchange for multiple first round draft picks that turned into Collin Sexton, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown three of the NBA’s fastest rising stars. Brooklyn made this deal just to fall to the Miami Heat in five games that season. This trade is different though, The Nets now have two top five players in the NBA and a top five point guard in Kyrie Irving. Possible injuries aside there is absolutely zero reason they shouldn’t win an NBA championship together. Anything less from this group will be considered a failure with zero tolerance.

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