The Nets and Rockets are apparently playing a game of chicken with three-time top scorer James Harden at stake.
It’s clear that not only does Harden intend to leave Houston, but the Rockets star has chosen Brooklyn as their preferred landing site. Now the networks must figure out how extortionate is a price the missiles will hold onto, decide how much they are willing to pay, and figure out how to bridge that void.
Although reports are circulating that the nets and missiles have made an oral agreementSources have denied that it is. Although the nets part ways with combinations of Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen, and multiple first-round picks in most scenarios, they obviously don’t want to give up the farm.
After Houston sees Jrue Holiday return to New Orleans – including three first-round picks and two pick swaps – Houston is sure to ask about the world.
“I don’t know if there’s that appetite where you are in Brooklyn, and you’re basically telling Houston,” Pick what you want on our list and in our draft picks, “said the former GM assistant and current ESPN analyst Bobby Marks said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. “I don’t think there’s an appetite for you to give up on Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and Caris LeVert and basically say, hey, when you’re 2022, ’24, Want ’26 pick swaps and all that stuff.
“I don’t think we’re there, and I don’t think the nets will ever be there. Knowledge [GM] Sean Marks’ DNA, he’s a high risk player, but not to that extent. Now it’s about who flashes first. Would this package shrink a bit from the point of view of choice? So I don’t think it’s us [where] that is imminent here. I think this is kind of a waiting game where each team will probably wait for each other. “
Bobby Marks already has experience of monster business as he was part of the Nets deal with Boston that brought Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce back, and he – like most in the league – doesn’t think the Nets GM will be rash if he eviscerates his team for Harden.
The networks had contact with Houston, but nothing specific. The feeling in the league is that the Rockets are asking for a star in return for Harden, and that’s more in keeping with what Philadelphia (Ben Simmons) or Boston (Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward) might offer than anything Brooklyn could do has offer. Asking about Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving is a non-runner.
Durant and Harden – former Oklahoma City teammates – had a long chat in Los Angeles earlier this month about playing together again in Brooklyn. There are conflicting reports about how on board Irving is.
Either way, Houston Harden doesn’t want to give up at all before trying to save the relationship. Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report said Podcast “The Strange Couple” The ardent support of President Donald Trump by conservative missile owner Tilman Fertitta sparked a revolt among gamers, including Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Even if Houston sees the writing on the wall at some point and moves Harden, it clearly wants a star player in return and not a long remodel. NBA sources confirmed this to The Post, and ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins, who played with Durant and Harden in OKC, expressed doubts it could be done without a star.
“The Rockets aren’t ready to give up their Rolls Royce and trade it for a Camry. You want something different, ”Perkins said on the air. “If you want to trade your Rolls Royce, you want a Ferrari back.
“You are not going to trade James Harden, your MVP candidate, the top scorer in the NBA, for role-players or future players every year. … No, they want something in return for an MVP caliber. “