James Harden is traded from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team deal.
The move, which also involves the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers, sees Houston receiving Dante Exum, Rodions Kurcus, plus four first-round draft picks, as well as pick trades.
Cleveland acquires Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince of Brooklyn, in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick and Caris Levert goes from Brooklyn to Indiana, while Victor Oladipo goes from Indiana to Houston.
Harden’s relationship with the Rockets has deteriorated in recent days after he was told not to train as a team.
It came after Harden publicly expressed his frustration with the team’s performance following a second straight loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I love this city. I literally did everything I could,” Harden said at a press conference. “I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.
“We’re not even close, honestly, to this team – obviously the defending champions – and all the other top teams. I mean, you can make a difference in those last two games.
“We’re just not good enough – chemistry, talent, just everything.”
Harden was not in the squad’s practice on Wednesday and was told to stay away until a trade for the 2018 MVP can be completed.
The Rockets (3-6) are second from the bottom of the Western Conference after Tuesday’s 117-100 loss to the Lakers. They lost to the same team 120-102 on Sunday.
Harden out of form has scored 20 points or less in each of the last four games – his longest streak since 2011-12.
Several reports in the lead-up to the season said Harden was seeking a trade with the Rockets, although the guard has already pushed back speculation.