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Harden, the transfer that will upset the NBA

James Harden has reportedly officially asked the Houston Rockets to transfer to the Brooklyn Nets. The NBA’s top scorer would like to join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to form a team with monstrous offensive potential.

The NBA transfer window opened on Monday. And there is one soap opera that should crush everyone else, the one about James Harden. As rumors have started to swell about him in recent days, the leading scorer of the past three seasons has officially asked Rockets executives to transfer him, the Houston Chronicle assures us. And the bearded man has only one destination in mind: Brooklyn.

Three offensive geniuses

The Nets had already bustled the free agent market last summer, attracting two of the biggest fish available: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Because of the injuries, one played little, the other not at all. And it was from the 2020-2021 season that the New York franchise would become a title contender. So imagine the picture adding James Harden to it.

The Nets – who may have to cede their best young players to Houston (Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen…) and a good gaggle of Draft rounds – could bring together three of the best players of their generation. And going further, three of the best offensive players in history: Irving, the superb ball handler; Harden, the ultra-aggressive scorer; Durant, the ultra-complete genius. Two of these players were champions (Irving and Durant), two were MVP (Harden and Durant).

86 points average between them

Between them, Irving, Harden and Durant were cumulating 86 points per game in 2018-2019. In NBA history, this would probably be the scariest offensive line… on paper. Because these are three players who like to be the No. 1 options of their team, and who should learn to share the ball. And the question of the defensive aspect will also arise, an area where Irving and Harden are far from having a very flattering reputation.

But if Harden joined, the whole NBA landscape would be turned upside down, instantly, with all eyes on the East, on New York (and not on the poor Knicks). The defending champions Lakers would have a huge potential competitor. And other rumors, more distant, would lend to Giannis Antetokounmpo the desire to join LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles… For another earthquake in perspective.