CJ McCollum’s bold prediction on James Harden-to-Nets trade
Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum may have a future in a team’s front office given his in-depth takes on trending rumors around the NBA. For now, he’ll just play the peer role as he observes some of the other teams take form ahead of the 2020-21 season. While there’s no developing news on James Harden’s departure from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets, CJ McCollum believes that there’d have to be a lot more to any deal that included the superstar.
“I don’t think that’s gonna happen,” said CJ McCollum on Complex‘s “Load Management” NBA podcast. “I don’t think they’re gonna trade him there.”
James Harden voiced his displeasure with the Rockets desired direction with the franchise earlier in November. There was much speculation that both he and Russell Westbrook had made their desires known to be traded away from the Rockets before the start of next season.
For Harden, he had a few preferred NBA destinations, with the Nets being the front runner. Even so, the Rockets would want back a sizable package in any deal for Harden, one that likely contained a superstar in exchange.
“I like LeVert. I like Dinwiddie, I like Jarrett Allen. I like the picks,” continued CJ McCollum. “But for Houston, you went all in on James, you brought in James, like his preferred players.”
McCollum, like most of the NBA community, knows that if Kevin Durant desires to play alongside his former teammate next season, it’ll require letting go of his new teammate in Kyrie Irving if a deal is to manifest.
“Yeah, for Kyrie I would do it,” responded McCollum to the question of whether or not the Rockets should pull the trigger if they got Irving’s talents in exchange for a disgruntled Harden.
For now, the Rockets front office has maintained that they’re ok with being “uncomfortable” next season with Harden. They were able to land some noticeable names such as DeMarcus Cousins and Christian Wood in free agency, which could help turn things around for Houston.