Top Ten Reasons James Harden Trade was BadOn January 13th a four team trade was processed between the Nets, Rockets, Pacers, and Cavs. A lot of people have praised all four teams in this trade, but I honestly have to disagree. This trade is not good and I'll explain why for each team.
I think we need to understand the magnitude of this trade. The Rockets just gave up their franchise player. A MVP. A franchise changing talent. And you flip him just like that. You still had a chance for a championship. This is, in my opinion, lazy GMing by the Rockets. If Harden has issues with the franchise TALK TO HIM! The best way to approach this is would have been to get in more role players and get John Wall going. The Rockets refused. Instead they got Oladipo, who is very injury prone, to go with Wall, who is also very injury prone, to go with Cousins, who is also very injury prone. Sure they got a lot of draft pick, but they have to nail those draft picks. They're not just going to be handed good players.
There is only ball. You have three ball dominant players. Kyrie Irving and James are most definitely ball dominant. Kevin Durant is very good off-ball, but to fully maximize Durant he needs to be off-ball. There will definitely have to be sacrifices. I know Kyrie and Durant will sacrifice touches, but I don't know about Harden.
Think about how many big men the Cavs already have. Andre Drummond, Javale McGee, Larry Nance Jr., And Kevin Love. Now add in Jarrett Allen. Now I believe Jarrett Allen is better than all those guys, but now you have an overload
The Pacers basically traded Oladipo for someone who could eventually be Oladipo's skill level someday. They didn't anything too bad and I like the Levert and Brogdon combo, but it doesn't make a big impact.
Brooklyn gave up two huge role players in this trade. They gave up both Caris Levert and Jarrett Allen. Both were very good defensively and Levert had 6th Man of the Year potential. Their bench is pretty depleted now.
This is number 1
It brings a team that almost went to the finals three years and lost to the championship team last year in the Playoffs. That is great not bad. That is when you press even harder.
With a new big three in the East, they will have little to no competition. Maybe the Sixers, Bucks, and maybe the Celtics. Otherwise they will go to the Finals. It's not as bad as the Warriors, but it's pretty bad.
With Caris LeVert getting his diagnosis, he will probably be out for a long while. They got Taurean who is a rotation player at this point and two 2nd round picks. Is that worth Oladipo?
You have three bad defenders in the starting lineup. Debatebly the worst defenders in the league with Kyrie, James Harden, and Joe Harris.
Is this truly what we want to see the NBA? Just a bunch of super teams? Like come on. I want to see league wide competition. I want to see teams going at it and stars trying to lead their teams to championships. This is sad.