REPORT: Nets, Rockets have ‘verbal agreement’ in place on James Harden trade
Rockets superstar and former league MVP James Harden has reportedly been lobbying for a trade to Brooklyn to join forces with former teammate Kevin Durant and NBA champion Kyrie Irving.
According to Anthony Puccio of Front Office Sports, the two teams have reached a verbal agreement and merely need to sift through further details:
The Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets and nearing a deal to send James Harden to Brooklyn, according to multiple sources close to FOS.
The deal isn’t “official,” but sources say a deal is in place and the two teams have a “verbal agreement.” Harden declined a two-year, $103 million extension so he could force a trade to Brooklyn.
If this is indeed true, the Nets have one of the most formidable superstar trios in NBA history.
Durant and Irving made their own headlines when they agreed to head to Brooklyn last summer. But if Harden is joining the fold, the Nets could have one of the most explosive offenses in basketball.
Granted, it remains to be seen what Brooklyn would have to send the Rockets in return. The Milwaukee Bucks’ recent move for Jrue Holiday—which included five draft picks—could demand an enormous haul of draft capital, plus young players like Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen, among others.
Still, the Nets are well-positioned to make a deal work, and it seems they are willing to sacrifice assets to bring Harden to Brooklyn.