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James Harden trade details: Nets acquire disgruntled Rockets star in four-team blockbuster

Sporting News — (Jordan Greer)

The Rockets took little time to ship out disgruntled star James Harden, who teammates blasted in the aftermath of his latest form of "disrespect" toward the organization this week. Harden is headed to the Nets in a four-team trade. Brooklyn confimed the deal Thursday morning.

Trade talks escalated quickly after Harden took the podium Tuesday night following the Rockets' loss to the Lakers and essentially put his exit request directly into the microphone.

"I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can," Harden said. "I mean, this situation is crazy. It's something that I don't think can be fixed."

John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins weren't happy with Harden's approach.

Wall questioned why Harden would quit on the team after just nine games, while Cousins went a step further in his criticism.

"My interest is to play with John Wall, to be brutally honest," Cousins said. "The disrespect [from Harden] started way before. This isn't something that, you know, all of a sudden started last night. ... It's completely unfair to the rest of the guys in the locker room."

As part of the complicated deal, Caris LeVert is moving to the Pacers, Jarrett Allen is going to the Cavaliers and Victor Oladipo and an array of draft picks are being sent to Houston.

Sporting News provided updates on the latest Harden-related rumors before the deal was reported. Here's what happened on Wednesday.

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James Harden trade rumors, news

Rockets trade James Harden to Nets

Cavaliers receive: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince

Nets receive: James Harden, second-round pick

Pacers receive: Caris LeVert, second-round pick

Rockets receive: Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, Victor Oladipo, four first-round picks (all unprotected), four first-round pick swaps (all unprotected)

  • Nets' picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026
  • Cavaliers' pick in 2022 (via Bucks)
  • Pick swaps with Nets in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027

Rockets keeping James Harden away until trade is done

Team: Houston Rockets

Rumor: As the Rockets weigh offers from the Nets and 76ers, Harden will remain away from the team. Conversations with Brooklyn and Philadelphia had "gathered momentum" even prior to Harden's comments, and the process is "moving quickly."

Reported by: Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne

Nets prepare monster trade offer

Team: Brooklyn Nets

Rumor: The Nets' package could feature four future first-round picks and three future pick swaps. There may be some hesitancy from Brooklyn to mortgage so many future assets, though.

Reported by: Shams Charania and Sam Amick

Rockets pursuing trade package from 76ers

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Rumor: Houston wants 76ers rookie Tyrese Maxey along with Ben Simmons, who has always been at the center of any Philadelphia package. The 76ers are considered the favorites to acquire Harden as of Wednesday afternoon.

Reported by: Marc Stein

Rockets want Matisse Thybulle in trade with 76ers

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Rumor: In addition to Ben Simmons and Tyrese Maxey, the Rockets would also like 76ers guard Matisse Thybulle included in Philadelphia's trade package.

Reported by: Chris Haynes

76ers trying to keep Tyrese Maxey out of trade

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Rumor: The 76ers are attempting to "muster other assets" in order to avoid trading Tyrese Maxey to the Rockets. The 20-year-old guard out of Kentucky is averaging 11 points through his first 12 NBA games.

Reported by: Marc Stein