Celtics Guard Dubbed ‘Enormous Issue’ in Getting James Harden
Getty James Harden # 13 of the Houston Firecrackers heats up prior to the video game against the Portland Path Blazers.
The James Harden-Boston Celtics chatter has certainly passed away down of late. Possibly that’s due to the earlier reports being dismissed as nothing more than common offseason speculation. Or possibly it’s due to the fact that Jaylen Brown’s ascension into full-blown NBA star in fact makes the offer practical.
Extensively perceived as one of the league’s much better two-way wings in basketball entering the season, Brown has flaunted rapid growth on the offending end early in 2020-21. Suddenly, the 24-year-old has the look of a franchise foundation rather than a middle-to-high end second-fiddle.
This is precisely what Houston would in theory be searching for were they going to move off of Harden. Yet, as ESPN’s Tim Bontemps information, Brown’s dominant play has ended up being a “massive problem” in swinging an offer.
” Brown is just 24 years old, though, a two-way player and well on his method to being an All-Star for the first time,” Bontemps composes. “He has steadily grown his video game over four-plus seasons in Boston and has taken on a bigger offending function in a huge way this season. The pairing of Brown and Tatum can measure up to any wing duo – and maybe any under-25 tandem in the entire league. And while the Celtics are not yet up to the exact same quality of conference finals rosters they’ve enjoyed in the last few years, their most significant weak point at this point– depth– is something that might be addressed without making such an earthshaking trade.”
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While Bontemps questions the advantages of trading a rising star such as Brown (a belief most likely shown the majority of Celtics fans), that didn’t stop the insider from preparing a prospective deal. Spoiler alert, it’s a blockbuster.
Here’s the possible offer:
” Boston might create a plan leading with Brown, who is off to the very best start of his profession,” Bontemps claims. “He fits the profile of a young building-block-type star that the Firecrackers have needed in any Harden trade. Broadening the return beyond Harden to consist of Tucker and Gordon would provide the Celtics the depth they have actually been doing not have in the early part of the season.”
In all honesty, the Harden trade speculation isn’t likely to disappear anytime quickly. While the previous MVP hasn’t come out publically to demand a trade, a 3-4 start for a Rockets team with title goals definitely isn’t going to assist. This is why Bontemps’ speculation wasn’t limited to just Boston, but rather five possible suitors in overall.
The Celtics are one of a handful of clubs to apparently engage in a “courtesy call” with Houston in regards to a possible Harden trade. Were Boston to swing for the fences, it would be difficult to hate on an offer that would yield the NBA’s ruling three-time scoring champ. Yet, that’s not to say it would not sting.
Brown, who’s emerged as a bonafide leader and a fan favorite in Boston, is averaging 26.3 ppg this season, a simple 0.7 ppg behind Harden’s 27.0 ppg. His scoring expertise is also good enough to put him within the top-10 of scorers in basketball this season. Furthermore, of those top-10 scorers league-wide, Brown’s been the most efficient, owning a 53.9% basket percentage.
In Harden’s case, he remains his fantastic self. To go along with his previously mentioned 27.0 ppg, which ranks 6th in the NBA, he also paces the league in assists with 11.3 per game.
The imminent return of Kemba Walker to the hardwood will likely offer Boston more clearness on whether they ‘d want to toss a wrinkle in their lineup progressing. Yet, the thought of moving off a continually enhancing 24-year-old and two-way stud might prove to do more harm than excellent in the long haul.