The dust never really settles in the NBA . The league is never more than one tweet away from an internet-breaking blockbuster, and even when trade season is off, the whispering persists…
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The Trade: James Harden to Miami Heat for Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk and 2025 top-three-protected first-round pick
The Rockets won’t be bullied into trading the Beard on anyone else’s terms. Harden still has two guaranteed seasons on his contract, so Houston has time to wait for the right deal to materialize.
The franchise is also “willing to get uncomfortable,” according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, which is big since Harden is already testing every inch of those limits.
The Rockets want to be blown away, which is a sensible stance given Harden’s place on the NBA pecking order. The Miami Heat have the war chest to do just that, assuming they’re convinced their #culture can bring the best out of him.
Houston needs a headliner, and Tyler Herro would fit the bill after dazzling in the bubble. Since Miami is light on movable draft pickseven dealing this one would require changing the protections on a 2023 first-rounder headed to OKCit could instead deliver two more prospects in sharpshooter Duncan Robinson and scoring guard Kendrick Nunn. The Rockets also would add Andre Iguodala and Kelly Olynyk as salary-filler rotation players or trade chips.
Miami, meanwhile, would walk away with the league’s next Big Three: Harden, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Their combined skill sets lack discernible weaknesses and stretch into the highest levels of basketball ability. It could easily be enough for the Heat to leapfrog everyone as favorites to escape the Eastern Conference.