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Report: James Harden knew about trade to Nets during infamous press conference

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Former Houston Rockets star James Harden reportedly received an early hat tip, making him aware that he was going to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets while making his way to the infamous press conference.

According to The Athletic‘s Kelly Iko and Sam Amick, Harden already had knowledge of the developing situation even prior to the tip-off of their game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Indeed, it certainly seemed like Harden has already bid his last goodbye to the Rockets even before an official trade got to materialize.

He mustered the words ‘I love this city’ and was affirmative that the situation ‘can’t be fixed’ which was already indicative that he is already on the way out:

“We’re just not good enough,” James Harden had said over Zoom. “Um, you know, we just — we don’t, we don’t — obviously chemistry, talent-wise, just everything. And it was clear. Like I said these last few games, they just — um, from the beginning of the game, they were just aggressive. Veteran team, obviously, a championship team, and, um, you know, one of the best teams that we have in this league,” Harden said.

“Um, you know, I love this city. Um. I literally, you know, have done everything that I can. Um. You know. I mean, this situation is, is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed. So um, yeah. Thanks.”

The infamous press conference ultimately marked the end of James Harden’s eight-year tenure with the Rockets. He was eventually traded to the Nets in a four-team trade that involved the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers.

Shortly after his arrival in Brooklyn, Harden balled out in his debut game with the team and recorded 32 points, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists for a 122-115 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Hopefully, a change of scenery will be able to do wonders for both sides as they journey to their respective paths moving forward.