Harden Set To Take The Court Saturday With The Nets Against Orlando

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For those who are waiting to see James Harden wearing his new Brooklyn Nets uniform, it looks like Saturday is your day.

The Association’s Anthony Puccio reports that Harden is expected to take the court for the Nets for the first time Saturday against the Orlando Magic.

Harden has to have a number of negative COVID-19 tests before he can take the court with his new team. If he passes all the necessary tests, he’s expected to be in the team’s starting lineup when they take on the Magic.

The Harden trade to Brooklyn took place quickly. The former Rocket was unhappy with the way things were going in Houston. The Rockets then suspended him until they could find a trading partner.

From there the rumors swirled that the Philadelphia 76ers and Nets were the two front runners, and mid-afternoon Wednesday the teams made a deal, a deal which also involves the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 31-year-old Harden played eight-plus seasons with the Rockets, and this season was averaging 24.8 points per game.

Last season, he led the league, putting up 34.3 points per night for Houston.

According to the experts, the Nets are now the new favorite in the East, even with the issues they are having with point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving has missed four games in a row due to “personal reasons.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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