If you’re one of those people who think the Houston Rockets did not get enough in the trade for James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, it isn’t because they did not try.
The team was reportedly in contact with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Celtics did not pull the trigger on Harden because the asking price was way too high, according to Brian Robb in the Boston Sports Journal.
The Rockets apparently asked for Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and draft compensation for Harden.
The Rockets reportedly wanted even more from the Miami Heat:
When it comes to the 76ers, the Rockets reportedly wanted Ben Simmons, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, and draft picks.
As you can tell, all three teams said no to those trade requests.
“I think I can say this on your podcast,” said Ramona Shelburne. “I think it will be okay. I’m not betraying a confidence. I think the 76ers are just fine. They’re happy, says Ramona Shelburne from ESPN.
“Like, they were intrigued by this idea. Obviously, Daryl Morey knows how good James Harden is. I think they were really intrigued by the idea of what James Harden would do for Joel Embiid. We’ll never know. We’re never going to know what that would have been.
“But they really had been playing well with Joel and Ben Simmons. I talked to Joel Embiid just a couple days ago and he was really talking up Ben Simmons and how much they’ve gotten along this year. They really have connected this year. Now, we get to see what actually happens with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.”
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