To BOS: Harden
To HOU: Walker, Langford, Nesmith, BOS 2024 1st round pick (top 1 protection), and 1st round swaps with BOS in 2022 and 2023 (i.e., between our first round pick and Houstonís first round pick in each of these years, Houston always gets the better pick)https://tradenba.com/trades/LAKhLpMoG
Commentary: Itís evident that nobody is willing to give Houston a young stud like JB, Simmons, etc. or the trade would have happened by now. Itís even possible Kemba is the only all-star they can possibly get for Harden (certainly the only 2020 all-star starter). It is not impossible to envision Kemba at PG with Wall at SG as providing almost as much firepower as borderline playoff teams in the west. In addition, Kemba and/or Wall can later be flipped for additional picks. The inclusion of Langford and Nesmith enables Houston to spin the haul as ďone all-star, two recent lottery picks, and three improvement picks in future drafts.Ē Their inclusion ensures the move does not alter our cap situation (i.e., retain TPE).
If weíre confident of Harden/Tatum/Brown being successful, weíre upgrading Kemba with Harden by giving up an upper 20s pick in 2024 and two guys who have shown us little in the NBA the past year despite their lottery status. If the Harden experiment falters, weíve still got Tatum/Brown/Smart to build around and only lack our pick in 2024, and with much more cap space going into the 2023 offseason (if the cap is managed accordingly in 2022 if itís obvious the Harden experiment is faltering, itís possible to have cap space to pair Tatum/Brown with an elite free agent like Jokic) rather than sticking with Kemba.
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Next priority is the TPE or perhaps you save it for a sign-and-trade next offseason (Harden recruitment)?