According to multiple sources, James Harden has rejected an enormous contract extension worth around $50 million a year from Houston, and is still intent on being traded. The teams are down to Philadelphia and Brooklyn on his list, but he is inclined to join the Nets. Reportedly, him and KD have been discussing a potential reunion for quite a while, and after his reunion with Russell Westbrook this season did not go to plan, anything is on the table.
Harden’s current contract with the Rockets runs through 2022-23, and he is making upwards of $40 million a season already. However, he sees his championship window having closed in Houston after many disappointing playoff exits in recent years.
From Houston’s perspective, the situation seems quite bleak. It has been a nightmare offseason already with rumours of many players being unhappy. Now, it seems the franchise player who has kept them relevant will be forcing his way out. If they are unable to convince Harden to stay and help this team compete, they could become a non-playoff team moving forward.
For Brooklyn, this seems like a no brainer. Although Kyrie, KD and Harden would seem like a tough fit, the talent is undeniable. This trade easily makes the Nets the favorite in the East, if not the entire NBA. They would likely have to give up a lot, including Caris Levert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jarrett Allen. However, with the superteam era we are still in, Brooklyn needs to make this move if possible, to ensure they do not waste this opportunity.