How the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by the James Harden trade: 3. West gets easier
A superstar player heading east is always a plus for the Mavs. When that player has dominated their division for the last eight years, it makes it even better. The Western Conference got a tiny bit easier with James Harden heading to Brooklyn.
The Rockets traded Caris LeVert for Victor Oladipo in this deal, so do not expect them to tank just yet. Oladipo is on an expiring contract, and Houston could believe that John Wall, Christian Wood, and Oladipo is enough to make the postseason. Every team in the west is vying for a spot. The Timberwolves, Pelicans, Kings, and Thunder all believe they can qualify for the playoffs with the new format. Does that make it easier for Houston to eventually tank? Stay tuned.
Harden’s departure makes it easier for Luka Doncic to be an All-Star starter for the second straight year. He and Stephen Curry should be the early favorites for the honors, but Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, and the many other elite guards in the Western Conference will have plenty to say about it before All-Star weekend.
James Harden heading to Brooklyn makes the Western Conference easier and opens the door for the Dallas Mavericks to move up in the standings.
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