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Bye Bye Brooklyn? Report Suggests Harden Wants To Play Elsewhere

James Harden is supposedly unhappy in Brooklyn and has “voiced his frustrations regarding Kyrie Irving’s part-time status,” according to a report by Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. Makes sense for the Beard to be upset, given his unfinished résumé.

However we should be clear here: James Harden’s frustration should be with the Nets and the city of Brooklyn for their crummy vaccine protocols, not Irving.

The Brooklyn Nets are still in decent shape when it comes to the playoffs, since the Eastern Conference is so weak. The problem is that Kyrie won’t be available for home playoff games because of NYC COVID protocols, not because he doesn’t want to play. The Nets will certainly need him during the playoffs. Harden and Kevin Durant can’t do it all.

Teams that’ve won titles in the past, regardless of talent, have always needed every player on their roster. That’s not going to fly with the 2018 MVP though, in large part because he literally has to win a title to cement his legacy. If he doesn’t, he’ll always be remembered as a regular season star who choked in the playoffs.

This leaves room for the Beard to land elsewhere. Could it be the Boston Celtics, who have a surplus of talent at the guard and forward position but who need an upgrade at point guard? Or will the Philadelphia 76ers manage to pry Harden by offering Ben Simmons, who hasn’t played a single minute this year?

Boston native Bill Simmons weighed in:

He’s not wrong. What sense would it make for the Nets to acquire Ben Simmons for James Harden? Why would the Nets want a player who can’t shoot a basketball in exchange for an MVP candidate?

And we’re pretty sure the Brooklyn Nets have no desire to help a division rival build a contender. There’s a better chance Harden ends up in Shanghai than with the Sixers.

Where will Harden end up though?

 

 

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Philly would have to add at least Maxey and/or Thybulle. And not Harris or his contract. Hard to believe that last year a Simmons-for-Harden trade was considered as a one-for-one deal. And that’s with Harden’s productivity taking a dip this season, though still very good.

  2. This is another reason I find it hard to be invested in the modern NBA. These players have no loyalty and want out as soon as the going gets tough, and Harden’s situation in Brooklyn isn’t even that bad to be all the way real. They have Milwaukee in the east and that’s about it. If I recall Harden wanted out of Houston and still got his way even though he signed a long-term deal w/ them. So, now he wants out again even though he’s still playing alongside KD?

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