As the saying goes, the other side of the fence is always green.
For the dissatisfied NBA superstar James Harden, one of the greener teams…now is the green team.
The former MVP tried to force himself to leave Houston. According to Sam Sam and Kelly Iko of Sports Report, he has included Boston on the list of “top destinations”. The Trail Blazers are another new member on the list, which also includes some of the biggest competitors in the Eastern Conference of the C League: Nets, 76ers, Heat and Bucks.
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However, just because Boston is now on Harden’s list does not mean that Celtics fans should look forward to a deal soon. The report said, “It is not clear at this time the feasibility of a deal with the Celtics or the Trail Blazers.”
According to reports, the Celtics have engaged in exploratory negotiations with the Rockets on Harden, but the 31-year-old has paid a heavy price in many ways: his contract, the cost of acquiring him… and his Off-site drama.
The first is the contract: Harden’s current contract is two years away, and there are more than 85 million US dollars. plus The $47.3 million player option for the 2022-23 season. This is the cost. Any potential plan for the three-time scoring champion will include a treasure trove of assets, from established players like Jaylen Brown and Marcus to future first-round picks.
The last is off-site drama. Where do we even start? He has been in isolation for four days after attending a private party allegedly held in a strip club that violated the league’s health and safety regulations. He was fined $50,000 for his actions, and the Rockets’ first game of the season against the Thunder was postponed. Not only that. Harden also had a fierce exchange with rookie Jae’Sean Tate in this week’s practice match and threw a ball in the direction of rookie.
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All of the above reasons make Harden seem unlikely to enter Boston-but there is no denying his talent. Harden is an eight-time All-Star selection and has averaged 33.7 points per game in the past three seasons.
However, although the Celtics are his “top destination”, this does not mean that Danny Ainge is more willing to do everything to bring Harden to Boston.