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NBA News: Harden Dealt To Brooklyn

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All-Star guard James Harden was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. It wasn't all that shocking as it had been floated for weeks that that was his destination of choice after saying his relationship with the Rockets organization was no longer fixable.

It was a massive, four-team blockbuster deal involving the Rockets, Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Indiana Pacers. A total of seven players are on the move, including guard Caris LeVert being traded twice in the deal.

The Nets sent center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince to the Cleveland Cavaliers. They also sent LeVert and forward Rodions Kurucs and three first-round picks to the Houston Rockets. 

Those first-round picks are for 2022, 2024, and 2026. Brooklyn also sent four first-round pick swaps to Houston. Those are in 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027. 

If Brooklyn has a better draft pick than Houston in those years, Houston will be able to swap into that draft slot.

Houston is also getting guard Dante Exum and a 2022 first-round pick from Cleveland. Brooklyn will get a second-round pick in 2024 from Cleveland to complete the deal.

The final piece of this deal isn't quite official as of this writing but seems to be all but done. The Pacers are sending All-Star guard Victor Oladipo and a future second-round pick to Houston for LeVert.

The ramifications of this trade will be felt around the league for many years to come. Brooklyn now has a stable of All-Stars in Kevin Durant, Harden, and Kyrie Irving. This has vaulted it into the favorite to win the Eastern Conference and challenge LeBron James and the Lakers as the NBA's best team.

The Rockets made out like bandits in this deal. Receiving a collection of first-round picks while also flipping LeVert to Indiana for Oladipo should pay off in spades for the franchise. 

The Rockets will now have a backcourt of All-Stars with point guard John Wall, whom they received in the Russell Westbrook trade, and now defensive stalwart Oladipo at the shooting guard spot.

NBA Struggling To Corral COVID-19 Exposures

It is being reported that NBA star center Karl-Anthony Towns has tested positive for COVID-19. This news comes at the end of a very tumultuous week for the league regarding game cancellations and COVID-19 protocol issues.

The NBA had to postpone 10 games this week due to COVID-19 protocols. The Boston Celtics hadn't played a game in a week until Friday night when they beat the Magic at home 124-97.

Even players who aren't currently with their teams like Irving are causing the NBA headaches with COVID-19. Irving was spotted at a family birthday party with no mask and has since been fined $50,000 as well as any salary from Brooklyn for breaking COVID-19 protocol.

The NBA did such a great job with the bubble in Orlando but is now struggling to keep games going on schedule now that teams are playing in their own cities again.

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