So what do I think of this trade?
I love it!
Harden is a generational talent and probably my favorite player in the league the last 10 years.
He should remain at an MVP level for a couple more seasons after this and still be really good into his mid to late 30’s.
His positivity and energy is going to be infectious. Good vibes only!
There are a lot of pick swaps and unprotected picks, so that’s a bit concerning. There’s a good chance one of those on the tail end will be conveyed as a top 10 lotto pick.
Remember though, we have to be worse then Houston as well though. Even if things click there for a couple seasons, with their current roster and outlook, chances are they’re going to be tanking in ‘23-‘27 themselves and not by choice.
The Thunder are a team to watch for, believe they have a couple pick swap options and picks owed to them as well, where if we had the worst record between the 3 of us, there’s a couple years our pick would go to OKC even if we’re better than Houston.
But, you have to give to get. Even if over the course of the 7 picks we send out, we send a swap of say 9 for 14 and send an unprotected 8th overall, who cares? We still got James Harden for a bunch of late picks, a couple mid lottery picks, LeVert and Allen and bad salary filler.
That’s another thing, it’s probably safe to assume Marks sent out an extra pick or 2, instead of replacing Prince with Dinwiddie. To me that says a lot, on a number of levels of how this organization thinks and operates.
I was a big Caris fan, have 2 Caris jerseys and all, but as good as he can be some nights, he’s just not an efficient player, his defense had become flatout bad and he dribbles the air out of the ball even though his skill level and overall level of play dictates he shouldn’t. Then beyond basketball, this trade may have literally saved his life, or at the least his career!
Losing Allen hurts. I think he’s the biggest loss, not even just the obvious immediate, but I honestly think in 3 years, he’s going to be a unanimous top 7 center in the league, who some argue as high as 3rd or 4th.
But we still just landed James freakin’ Harden! In his prime!
And he forced his way here! A few years ago we were worried Spence would leave for greener pastures, DLo would be a meh also ran, Caris would always be hurt. Before that was doom and gloom and watching Boston land a franchise level player with our pick, while picking up more picks with the trade back, and an All Star level player in Brown too. Before that? 12-70. And now here we sit, Kevin mother f’n Durant and Kyrie just out and out sign here as free agents, taking a small discount to boot to bring their boy DeAndre, for better or worse! Next a generational, top 3 level talent on the planet forces his way here in trade, in his prime! Times really have changed!
God bless you Luis Scola!