James Harden is making it known how ready he may be to end his time in Houston.
Harden has reportedly given the Rockets his preferred trade destinations. The Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Brooklyn Nets.
The desire to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn was made known early on. It’s now reported that the Rockets would not even entertain a trade with the Nets unless it includes Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 10, 2020
Former NBA big man and now ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins played with Irving, Harden, and Durant during his career.
In a live chat with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, Perkins gave his take on the scenario, saying he’d offer point guard Kyrie Irving “in a heartbeat” if it meant acquiring Harden from Houston.
If I’m Brooklyn, and I’m looking to do what’s best for this Brooklyn team, and I’m looking to get better… Hell yeah, I’d trade Kyrie for James Harden in a heartbeat… I don’t even think about that.
Perkins started by that Durant wouldn’t be going anywhere. He also spoke to the fact that such a bold move, offering up Irving for Harden, would have to be run by Kevin Durant first before pulling the trigger.
It doesn’t seem likely anyway after trading Russell Westbrook to Washington for their new point guard, John Wall.
Durant and Irving are close friends hence their teaming up in Brooklyn. Harden has his own friendship and history with Durant as they were teammates in Oklahoma City before the Thunder opted to trade him to Houston in 2012.