by Mandi Shovlin ‘21
Published Feb. 13, 2021
On January 13th 2021, the Brooklyn Nets acquired former Houston Rockets superstar James Harden in a blockbuster trade.
Harden, who is now teamed up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, is the latest piece in one of the most offensively-gifted teams the NBA has ever seen.
This trade redefined the value of just one player. For Harden the Nets sent center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince to Cleveland. Houston received guard Caris LeVert and forward Rodions Kurucs, as well as three first round draft picks for the years 2022, 2024 and 2026 and four first round pick swaps for the years 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027. The Rockets also receive guard Dante Exum and a 2022 first round draft pick from Cleveland, and Brooklyn acquires a 2024 second round draft pick from the Cavaliers to complete the deal.
Each fan has a unique opinion about the trade, either you agree with The Nets or you don’t. You could also be a mixed bag like avid NBA fan Chad Brunner.
“[The Nets] are going all in for a championship within the next two years and they felt trading for Harden was a move they needed… they gave up first round picks for the next four years and two players that were very important to the depth of the team,” said Brunner.
With this trade the Nets have increased their odds of winning the NBA finals. This seemingly indestructible Superteam is creating a divide through the NBA fandom. The fairness of the team is being called into question by some, but not all.
“Although the Nets have three of the best players in the NBA, the rest of their team is fairly mediocre. Statistically they have the best offense in the NBA at the moment, along with having the worst defense statistically,” said Brunner.
No matter what team you route for or where you fall in the fandom spectrum, this trade has changed the face of the NBA and the Nets as a whole.
“The Nets now have the potential of becoming a dynasty for the next few seasons, changing their status and brand as a whole. The Nets definitely have the potential to have similar success as the other super-teams but only time will tell.”