Would Celtics Commerce For James Harden, Botch Nets Superteam?


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James Harden in Boston?

Information indicating that Houston Rockets duo Russell Westbrook and James Harden need out of Houston definitely despatched the NBA world right into a frenzy over the weekend, however when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Harden needs to move to Brooklyn to group up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant; it despatched shockwaves to the higher echelon of the Japanese Convention.

The utter considered the Nets forming a brand new ‘Massive 3’ makes you surprise how a transfer like that will profit the Rockets. Particularly when you think about what number of groups, together with the Boston Celtics, may put collectively a greater supply as NBC Sports activities Boston’s Chris Forsberg identified when he outlined a proposal Danny Ainge may make that will forestall the Nets from dominating the East.

“Right here’s the factor, the Celtics can outbid any supply the Nets make, in the event that they want – and that’s a BIG IF,” Forsberg writes. “The worth for Boston to amass Harden could be mighty steep, although. Any commerce bundle virtually definitely begins with Jaylen Brown and Marcus Sensible to match salaries then features a bevy of picks, which implies that, ideally, the group makes the transfer earlier than Wednesday’s draft when Boston owns three first-rounders.”

Jaylen Brown, Marcus Sensible & Draft Picks For James Harden?

The cost that consists of Jaylen Brown, Marcus Sensible, and a bevy of draft picks, together with all three of the Celtics’ first-round picks in Wednesday’s NBA Draft sounds nearly proper – it’s loads – however that’s the value for an 8-time All-Star, 6-time All-NBA First Workforce, 2018 MVP. Brown has All-Star choices coming his approach, no less than, it’s what his trajectory definitely suggests at this stage of his profession, and Sensible – a 2-time All-Protection First Workforce recipient – has already established himself as one of many sport’s fiercest defenders.

It trumps something the Nets can put collectively exterior their superstars, Durant and Irving. Nevertheless, as Forsberg factors out, Harden may finagle his option to BK a method or one other – we’ve seen superstars within the NBA pull off prior to now however this Harden state of affairs is exclusive.

“A Nets supply constructed round Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie isn’t almost as enticing,” Forsberg writes. “Then once more, in a league the place Anthony Davis can powerplay his option to his most popular Los Angeles vacation spot, possibly that doesn’t matter. Harden, although, doesn’t have fairly the identical leverage and Houston shouldn’t promote low on an MVP participant.”

Boston Celtics New ‘Massive 3’: James Harden, Jayson Tatum & Kemba Walker?

Throw in a handful of draft picks and it’s as steep as I’d think about Danny Ainge is prepared to go. Then, the subsequent query Celtics followers ought to ask themselves is; may a core of Harden-Jayson Tatum-Kemba Walker reach Boston?

The tradition change could be monumental. Sensible embodies the center and soul of the group and Brown, whose voice stretched past the Celtics’ locker and into vital NBA gamers’ union conferences, this 12 months, has developed into an important group chief in his personal proper.

Boston must create a brand new identification however would nonetheless be thought-about a title-contending pressure alongside the Nets and the Miami Warmth. Additionally, Brad Stevens would have his arms full.

Getting Harden to stick to an offensive system of unselfish play could be a problem. However is it price it?

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