How the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by the James Harden trade: 5. Rockets take a step back
In the short-term, the Houston Rockets will suffer. They have made the playoffs eight straight years with Harden leading the charge, a streak that figures to be in jeopardy after the trade. Can Victor Oladipo join forces with John Wall, Christian Wood, and P.J. Tucker to push Houston to the postseason? Stranger things have happened, but the Western Conference is loaded.
The Rockets have just three wins in their first nine games. Now, they added three new pieces and will have to figure it out on the fly. The most likely scenario is the Rockets make more moves before the deadline as they go all-in on rebuilding around Christian Wood. More on that to come later in this article.
The Rockets taking a step back opens the door for the Dallas Mavericks. Houston won the division last season and finished fourth in the Western Conference. The Mavericks were seventh, but have no plans on being there again. Dallas wants to have home court in the first round of the playoffs. The Harden deal improves their odds of jumping up in the Western Conference standings.
The Rockets take will take a step back this season, which should benefit the Mavs.
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