Just a day after saying that things could not be fixed in Houston, the Rockets have officially, finally, parted ways with disgruntled guard James Harden, shipping him off to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday in part of a four-team mega deal. The other two teams involved with the deal were the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers, with each of the teams getting some big pieces coming and going. When the dust had finally settled, Indiana ended up with Caris LeVert, who had become a consistent performer in Brooklyn and Houston landed Victor Oladipo, meaning they get some sort of superstar in the deal in exchange for Harden.
Houston are also said to be getting a bevy of picks, while the Cavs are getting a pair of front court players in Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince for their role in making it all work. There is just so much here, with so many players on the move that it’s hard to break it all down. At the end of the day, player power means everything nowadays in the NBA, and this deal now means that, perhaps, the Nets are the big favorites to win the NBA title this season. We shall see in due time how it all plays out from here, as they still have matters to attend to in regards to Kyrie Irving and his own status.