Report: Rockets Trade James Harden to Nets in Blockbuster Three-Team Deal with Cavaliers

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Harden exits Houston as a three-time scoring champion and eight-time All-Defense honoree.

The Houston Rockets have traded former MVP James Harden to the Nets on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.

The Rockets will get Caris LeVert, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs and four 1st round picks in the deal including Celevaland's’ 2022 first-round pick via Milwaukee. The Nets will also include four pick swaps to Houston.

Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince will head to Cleveland in the deal.

Wednesday's deal marks the end of a two-month saga in Houston after Harden requested a trade in November. The Rockets have limped out of the gate in a 3–6 start, losing to the Lakers 117–110 on Tuesday night. 

Harden was visibly frustrated following the defeat, and he re-stated his trade request in a postgame press conference.

“We're not even close, honestly, to [the Lakers]. ...and all the other elite teams out there,” Harden said after the Rockets 17-point loss against Los Angeles on Tuesday. "I mean, you can tell the difference in these last two games. We're just not good enough. Chemistry, talent wise, just everything. And it was clear these last two games."

"I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can. ...It's something that I don't think can be fixed."

The Harden era in Houston ended in ugly fashion, but the 2017–18 MVP leaves the Rockets as one of the greatest players in franchise history. Houston has reached the playoffs in each of the last eight seasons with Harden, coming one win away from the Finals in 2018. Harden is a seven-time All-NBA honoree and a three-time scoring champion, exiting Houston as the second-leading scorer in franchise history.

The Rockets will travel to San Antonio without Harden on Thursday as they look to avoid falling into the Western Conference cellar. 

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