The Nets and Rockets seemingly play a game of chicken, with three-time champion James Harden betting.
It is clear that Harden not only intends to leave Houston, but the Rocket star is improving in Brooklyn as a preferred landing site. Now the Nets have to figure out what extortionate price the Rockets will stick to, decide how much they are willing to pay, and figure out how to bridge that gap.
Although there are circulating reports that the networks and missiles have reached an oral agreement, sources deny that this is the case. Although most scenarios are split with the Nets with combinations of Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Jarrett Allen and numerous initial choices, they clearly do not want to give up the farm.
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“I don’t know if there’s such a big appetite when you’re Brooklyn and you’re basically telling Houston, ‘Choose what you want on our list and in our project proposals,'” Bobby Marx, a former Nets assistant and current ESPN analyst, told Sportsnet 590 FAN. . “I don’t think there’s an appetite for that when you give up Spencer Dinuidi, Jarrett Allen and Karis Levert and generally say ‘hey’ if you want 2022, 24, 26 swaps and all that.”
“I don’t think we’re there and I don’t think the Networks will ever be there. To know [GM] Sean Marx’s DNA, he is a high-risk player, but not to such an extent. So now it’s a matter of who blinks first. Would this package shrink a bit in terms of perspective? So I don’t think we are [where] this is inevitable here. I think it’s kind of a waiting game where every team will probably wait. “
Bobby Marx has had experience in monstrous deals before, after being part of the Nets ‘trade with Boston, which brought back Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and he – like most in the league – doesn’t think the Nets’ CEO will be a reckless team for Harden.
The Nets had contact with Houston, but nothing specific. The feeling around the league is that the Rockets are demanding a star in exchange for Harden, and this is more in line with deals that could be offered by Philadelphia (Ben Simmons) or Boston (Kemba Walker, Gordon Hayward) than anything. which Brooklyn has to make an offer. Asking about Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving is not a starter.
Durant and Harden – former teammates in Oklahoma City – had a long talk earlier this month in Los Angeles to play together again in Brooklyn. There are conflicting reports on how much Irving is on board.
Either way, Houston doesn’t want to give up Harden at all before trying to save the relationship. Ric Bucher of the Bleacher Report said in the Strange Couple podcast that the warm support of Conservative Rocket owner Tillman Fertita for President Donald Trump has led to a riot among players, including Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Even if Houston eventually sees the sign on the wall and moves Harden, he obviously wants a star player in return, not a long recovery. NBA sources confirmed this to The Post, and ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins – who played with Durant and Harden at OKC – expressed doubts that this was done without including a star.
“The Rockets are reluctant to give up the falling Rolls Royce and trade it for Camry. They want something else, ”Perkins said on the air. “If they’re going to trade their Rolls-Royce, they want a Ferrari back.”
“They will not trade James Harden, their MVP candidate every year, the NBA’s leading scorer for role-playing players or future boys. … No, they want something back in exchange for a caliber MVP. “