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NBA Trade Deadline: James Harden desperately trying to get traded by the Nets

Written by Doug Rush

NBA Trade Deadline: James Harden desperately trying to get traded by the Nets

James Harden’s tenure in Brooklyn apparently will not be for very long if he has anything to say about it.

With the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, Harden is reportedly desperately trying to get traded out of New York and get a trade from his team, the Brooklyn Nets.

There’s been a lot of talk over the last week of a Harden for Ben Simmons deal between the Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. The hold up has been over the other players involved.

Harden was dealt last year from the Houston Rockets to the Nets in a four-team deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers that saw Brooklyn trade four first round picks and four first round pick swaps to Houston to get Harden.

Many thought Brooklyn would have been the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Finals last season with Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but they fell short to the eventual champions in the second round, the Milwaukee Bucks.

With Brooklyn’s recent slide down the standings of the Eastern Conference, a shakeup of the team has been seen as needed and Harden may be the one to go, especially since he’s a pending free agent and may go elsewhere in the summer.

The question now remains; will Harden still be a member of the Nets after the trade deadline?

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.