The James Harden era in Houston is over, according to multiple reports.
The Rockets reportedly have agreed to trade the former Kia NBA MVP to the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team deal that also involves the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers.
The Rockets reportedly will receive Victor Oladipo (from Indiana), Dante Exum and Rodions Kurucs (from Cleveland), four future unprotected first-round picks and four future draft pick swaps in the trade. The Pacers reportedly will acquire Caris LeVert (from Brooklyn) and a second-round pick in exchange for Oladipo. The Cavaliers reportedly will receive Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince (from Brooklyn) for Exum, Kurucs and draft compensation.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic were the first to report the deal.
Sources: Full current trade:
Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 BKN first-rounders (22, 24, 26), 1 MIL first (22, unprotected), 4 BKN 1st round swaps (21, 23, 25, 27)
Nets: James Harden
Pacers: Caris LeVert, 2nd-rounder
Cavs: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
The Rockets are expanding the deal to send Caris LeVert to the Pacers for Victor Oladipo, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2021
Harden — a 3-time NBA scoring champ — will join former teammate Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and coach Steve Nash with the Nets, who have their eyes set on their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2003.
Harden reportedly was disgruntled in Houston and he expressed his frustrations on Tuesday after the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, saying, in part, that the Rockets were “just not good enough.”
“I love this city,” Harden said. “I literally have done everything that I can. This situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
Harden finishes his tenure in Houston as the team’s all-time leader in assists, free throws, 3-pointers and triple-doubles. He ranks second in points, fourth in minutes and sixth in games played. Over his 621 games in Houston, Harden averaged 29.6 points, 7.7 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
The Rockets will replace Harden with Oladipo, who was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The two-time All-Star has averaged 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists over his first 9 games with Indiana this season.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. Check back to NBA.com for more on this developing story.