GOODBYE, JAMES

Rockets send Harden to Brooklyn for Oladipo, haul of picks

It truly is an end of an era.

James Harden's time in Houston is officially over as the Rockets have agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets sending the malcontent north and receiving Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs four first-round picks and four first-round pick swaps.

It's a lot to take in.

Harden forced the issue Tuesday night after the Lakers drummed the Rockets. Harden said the Rockets were not even close to being a contender.

"I love this city," said Harden. "I literally have done everything that I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed."

And now he gets his wish, going to the team he wanted all along. It makes you a little sick about the player empowerment era.

The Rockets did beautifully in the deal as far as the draft picks go, receiving three future first-round picks from Brooklyn (2022, 2024, 2026), a first-round pick from Milwaukee (2022) and four first-round pick swaps from Brooklyn (2021, 2023, 2025, 2027).

Oladipo is the best player the Rockets received. The 28-year old star guard is averaging 20.0 points this season for the Pacers, but his $21.0 million contract is expiring this season. Don't be surprised if the Rockets move him by the deadline.

Plenty more to come...

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