The Brooklyn Nets’ successful deal for James Harden has worked very well for them so far this season. Harden is constantly putting MVP numbers on a team that doesn’t need him as their only source of offense, and Brooklyn is sitting in second place east towards the All-Star break, only mid-game behind the Philadelphia 76ers.
For the Houston Rockets, despite still losing and likely planning a rebuild, they were able to work out a three-team swap that got them a young star in Victor Oladipo, who may or may not be around beyond his current contract. which expires after this season. Regardless of what this long-term exchange looks like, there will always be what would happen if around the deal – what if the Rockets offered Harden to the Sixers for Ben Simmons, or the Boston Celtics for a Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart package?
However, former Boston Celtics striker and three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker says Danny Ainge and the Celtics made the right choice in not pulling the trigger on a Harden trade.
“I’m not a James Harden type, and it’s not personal, but you can’t win in that style,” Walker said during an appearance on the “All Things Covered” podcast with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden. “He is in a very unique situation with [Kevin] Durant and Kyrie [Irving], but it remains to be seen… I don’t think you can win with his style. Whenever it takes …