Brooklyn goes all-in, net Harden in blockbuster 4-team trade

The Brooklyn Nets are going all-in!

The Nets pushed all their chips on the table to acquire Houston Rocket’s disgrunted superstar James Harden, forming a super team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Brooklyn gave up its young core led by Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen, multiple first-round picks, and pick swaps in the blockbuster deal.

The trade expanded to include the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

The Rockets then shipped LeVert to the Pacers for Victor Oladipo. Allen and Prince were re-routed to the Cavaliers.

The final trade scenario looked like this, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania:

Nets acquired:

  • James Harden

Rockets acquired:

  • Victor Oladipo (via Pacers)
  • Dante Exum (via Cavaliers)
  • Rodions Kurucs (via Nets)
  • Nets’ unprotected first-round picks (2022, 2024, 2026)
  • pick swaps with Nets (2021, 2023, 2025, 2027)
  • Cavaliers’ 2022 first-round pick (via Milwaukee Bucks)
  • future second-round pick (via Pacers)

Pacers acquired:

  • Caris LeVert (via Nets)
  • future second-round pick (via Rockets)

Cavaliers acquired:

  • Jarett Allen (via Nets)
  • Taurean Prince (via Nets)

‘It can’t be fixed’

The trade which Harden pushed so hard since the offseason escalated quickly after his zoom interview last night.

“We’re not even close, honestly, to, obviously, the defending champions (Lakers) and all the other elite teams out there,” Harden said. “I mean, you can tell the difference in these last two games.

“Chemistry, talent-wise, everything. It’s clear. I love this city. I’ve literally done everything I can. It’s crazy. I don’t think it can be fixed. Thanks.”

The Rockets eventually caved in to his trade demand.

Reunion in Brooklyn

Harden is now reunited with Durant, his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate.

The Nets got much-needed firepower after losing Spencer Dinwiddie to a season-ending injury. An uneven start forced the Nets to mortgage their future for the present. It didn’t help that Irving also went on leave due to personal reasons.

The trade, though, left the Nets’ bench gutted.

They have three more spots to fill. Look out for Jamal Crawford’s name to be linked to the Nets anew. Crawford played for the Nets in the Orlando bubble.

Moving on

The Rockets, meanwhile, can now move forward from the drama that engulfed the team up to this point.

Oladipo will team up with John Wall at the backcourt.

The Rockets endured a volatile offseason with Harden instigating a ‘holdout’ in the training camp. That caused him to miss the beginning of training camp and their first two preseason games. He was subsequently fined for violating the league’s health protocols.

On the other hand, the Cavaliers got an emerging young center in Allen. He will serve as their center of the future with Andre Drummond set to hit free agency.

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New York Knicks a ‘potential trade partner’ for Victor Oladipo

New York Knicks, Kevin Knox, RJ Barrett

According to Jonathan Macri of Knicks Film School, the New York Knicks are a “potential trade partner” for Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, who “wants out” this offseason.

“Staying in Indiana for a moment, fresh off reports of an unsettled locker room and one Eastern Conference executive betting that the Pacers trade two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo before next season, I heard from a league source that “he wants out,” and that there are whispers of the Knicks being a potential trade partner.”

Oladipo has spent the last three seasons with the Pacers. This season he appeared in 19 games, 16 of which were starts, due to his recovery from a 2019 leg injury; he averaged 14.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 39.4 percent from the field.

The Indiana product’s standout season was the 2017-18 NBA campaign; Oladipo averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game while shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc. He has been an NBA All-Star in two of the last three seasons.

Oladipo has one more season remaining on his four-year, $85 million contract, and he has been a recurring trade candidate for the upcoming offseason.

The Knicks have been linked to a bevy of high-profile guards since president Leon Rose took over as team president in February, including Oladipo, Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker.

New York could offer Indiana some combination of players who are on rookie deals including RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. They also have their own first and second-round pick (8, 38) and the Los Angeles Clippers’ first rounder (27) in October’s NBA Draft. New York has seven first-round selections over the next four drafts.

Oladipo, 28, could spearhead new head coach Tom Thibodeau’s offense. Kenny Payne, Johnnie Bryant, Andy Greer, Doc Yoshimoto and former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson are assistants on Thibodeau’s staff.

New York Knicks need to be cautious if they want to go after Victor Oladipo

More New York Knicks “could target” or “are expected to pursue” rumors are back.  This time around we’re talking about Victor Oladipo.

Oladipo would’ve been a no-brainer for the Knicks to “pursue” or “target” before he got hurt.  He ruptured quad tendon in his right knee on Jan. 23 against the Toronto Raptors and missed the remainder of the season.

Before fans start saying “the Knicks should be all in” on pursuing Oladipo, let’s relax first.  The name fans need to remember is Antonio McDyess.  The Knicks signed an injury prone McDyess and it was just an awful situation.  The team can’t afford to have another situation like that one their hands.

This is not saying that Oladipo is like McDyess.  That’s not what we’re saying.  But the Knicks haven’t had the best luck with giving players big money who are injury prone.  Everything in the medical world and rehabilitation are different.  It’s more advanced than it was when McDyess was in the league.  Players do have a better chance of coming back than in decades past.

If, big if, the Knicks were to go after Oladipo they would need to do their homework on his injury.  Despite all the medical advances, you still have to be cautious of a player who’s had a, almost, career-ending injury like Oladipo.  Yes, he came back this season and is averaging 13.8 points a game.  However, even though he was technically healthy, he wasn’t his former all-star self.

Also, the Pacers aren’t going to let Oladipo go.  That just isn’t going to happen. He’s probably the best player to come through Indiana, minus Paul George, in a decade.  Even with his injury, you can’t let a player leave.  Although, according to SNYs Ian Begley, the Pacers offered Oladipo a 4 year, 80 million dollar extension and he turned that down.  Could or should the Knicks look to strike?

Many Knicks fans will want Oladipo.  They just have to remember that after a possible career-altering injury, it could be difficult for Oladipo to return to that peak form.  The New York Knicks just need to be careful if that want to truly go down that path, of injury prone players, again.