Heat Considered Surprising Team That Should Risk James Harden Trade

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The Miami Heat are considered a surprising team that should risk a James Harden trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. NBA writer Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report thinks the Heat “might be able to rein in some of the drama that’s plagued Harden over the years.”

“Miami may have come up short in the Damian Lillard sweepstakes, and hanging onto Tyler Herro is probably a safer long-term play than acquiring Harden,” Bailey wrote in his NBA trade column. “However, it would be hard to argue Herro would put the Heat closer to a championship in 2024 than Harden would (even with all of his well-publicized warts).

“Dunks and Threes’ estimated plus-minus is one of the most trusted catch-all metrics in NBA front offices, and Harden ranked in the 96th percentile last season. Herro was in the 82nd percentile. And if there’s an organization that might be able to rein in some of the drama that’s plagued Harden over the years, the one with the vaunted #HeatCulture feels like a good bet.”

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Harden has a reputation for partying a lot, which is why several NBA execs don’t believe the Heat would be a good landing spot for the Arizona State product. Miami’s culture is built around practicing hard all the time, playing strong defense and players being in peak condition.

While the Heat could compete for a championship with Harden in the fold, Harden would have to be focused and in shape and that hasn’t always been the case with the three-time scoring champion.

One of the greatest players of all time, Harden averaged 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists last season. The 2017-18 MVP led the NBA in assists per game for the second time in his career.

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Harden has career NBA averages of 24.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets and Sixers. He is still looking to win his first championship.

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