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Dallas Mavericks: How the James Harden trade impacts the Mavs

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Dallas Mavericks: How the James Harden trade impacts the Mavs

Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis made his season debut on Jan. 13. They dominated the Hornets with the Unicorn back in the lineup and showed off their scary potential when healthy. Just hours before the Mavs win, the cross-state rival Rockets traded away superstar James Harden. Houston’s run of three straight division crowns figures to end with the Beard in Brooklyn.

Fans do not see trades like this happen often. The Rockets cashed in their superstar for a mountain of draft capital plus three players headlined by former All-Star Victor Oladipo. They had to move Harden after his trade demand, lackluster play, and recent comments, but it is still never easy dealing away one of the best players in the league.

Any trade involving a superstar sends shock waves through the NBA. Here is a look at how the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by the James Harden trade.

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How the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by the James Harden trade

See a full breakdown of the trade below.

Nets received: James Harden, 2024 second-round pick

Rockets received: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 4 first-round picks, four pick swaps

Cavaliers received: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince

Pacers received: Caris LeVert, 2023 second-round pick

It was a monster deal featuring four teams, seven players, and six draft picks changing hands before you factor in the potential pick swaps. The Rockets attempted to get every penny they could for James Harden in the deal. For former Mavericks coach Stephen Silas’ sake, hopefully, their team chemistry is better with the Beard in Brooklyn.

How does the James Harden blockbuster impact the Dallas Mavericks? Here are the five major ways.

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