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Report: NBA insider lays out how Cavs can acquire James Harden
- Updated: December 11, 2020
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden reportedly wants to be traded to an Eastern Conference contender.
“The Cavs would still need to add players to the deal to make the salaries work (Harden will be paid $41 million this season),” Vardon wrote. “Cleveland drafted Collin Sexton with the No. 8 pick in 2018 and Darius Garland with the No. 5 pick in 2019. Kevin Porter Jr., the last pick of the first round in 2019, has shown real promise — perhaps more than Sexton or Garland. Do the Rockets see any of the upside in these players that the Cavs see? If yes, they could be had in a trade for Harden, because, of course they could.
“Then there are Cleveland’s future picks. The Cavs control their own first-round picks for the foreseeable future, as well as the Bucks’ first rounder in 2022. That Milwaukee pick is unprotected; imagine its value if Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t sign the max and winds up somewhere other than Milwaukee in 2021-22. The Cavs also have a bunch of second-round picks to offer, including the one they already have from the Rockets in 2022.”
However, acquiring Harden may not be enough to push Cleveland over the top in the East.
The Cavs would have to decide whether or not a player of Harden’s caliber is worth mortgaging their future for.
On top of that, there is no guarantee that Houston entertains the offer. However, the Cavs do have as many assets as anyone else to get a potential deal done.