Simmons, Brown ... Rockets' requests for Harden

Morey had a chance to get Harden, but he didn't want to get rid of Simmons. Boston also ruled out the trade. Success?

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In today's NBA, driven by the wishes of the players and by an ever-growing empowerment that has already reached once insurmountable heights, the decision to make or not a specific move at the right time is still a dilemma that no one is able to solve. The proper transfer can end in a ring, and failure to do so can be a very big condition that will never be resolved and that can weigh heavily on the shoulders of certain managers. With James Harden there was an insoluble debate now and the consequences of which we will only see at the end of a season in which the Nets were already candidates in themselves, and now they continue to be. Pure talent is the one that wins championships and to despise it is daring if we review the winners of each basketball course one by one. And you don't have to go very far either: last year's Lakers, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis at the helm, give a good example of that.

The James Harden case, in particular, involved numerous offers that were rejected as excessive. From the beginning, it was known that Nets and Sixers were primarily interested in taking over the services of the guard and that the feeling was mutual. In Brooklyn there was Mike D'Antoni, the coach with whom he has most developed his potential, and in Philadelphia Daryl Morey, the manager with whom he coincided throughout his entire time at the Rockets. And yet the General Manager refused to transfer Ben Simmons, an essential condition on the part of Texans for the transfer to take place. In fact, Tim Ferttita asked the point guard, Tyrese Maxey and the first three rounds of the draft, something that Morey refused. The rush of the Rockets to end the sainete and get rid of a Harden that had caused an impossible situation, caused the star to finally go to the Nets in exchange for only draft rounds, something highly valued today, but which It is not a substitute for a star and it always supposes an uncertain future that you do not know how it will turn out.

Let them tell, in this case, Danny Ainge and his horde of untouchables, who are all the players he has gotten via draft in the last five years and who refuses to transfer. The manager also tested the waters and wanted to get Harden's services, but they asked Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart (and rounds of the draft) and he refused. The Celtics stayed at the gates of the Finals last year, for the third time in the last four seasons, but they have not found the key in the market and Ainge's refusal to transfer any of those he considers his fundamental pieces, prevents the squad from improving and taking a step forward. Something that they will continue to look for in the coming years with more or less success and that they will try to achieve with a project that has come out of the draft but has yet to take a step forward to win the ring. Or so it seems.

In a world like the NBA, history has shown that neither the Rockets were going to achieve an equivalent value for what they lost nor the rounds of the draft generally serve to win championships. At least not only that. There are transfers at the beginning of a season (Garnett to the Celtics, Durant to the Warriors) that decide championships, as well as in the middle of it (Pau to the Lakers or Rasheed to the Pistons, in 2003-04). In the case of the Sixers, they would have lost an exceptional point guard to one of the best offensive players in history. When it comes to the Celtics, the loss may be even lighter than Philadelphia's, and the prize even bigger, apart from the hypothetical rapport with Jayson Tatum, a now practically established star. It seems that Houston has ended up losing. And nobody knows if the Sixers and Celtics have been right. Nor if the Nets have. The opportunities were there and each one made a decision. The rest, we'll see.



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