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Rockets wanted Celtics’ Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, first-round picks for James Harden

Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, James Harden trade Celtics, Rockets

Is it surprising to hear that the Boston Celtics were one of the teams involved in trade talks with the Houston Rockets for James Harden? Danny Ainge just can’t stay satisfied with his incredible young roster.

Regardless, of chit-chat among general managers, the Celtics did not pull the trigger on Harden because the asking price was way too high, according to Brian Robb in the Boston Sports Journal.

The Rockets apparently asked for Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and draft compensation for Harden.

Celtics fans should be happy that Ainge took the approach that he did because Boston would have really hurt their team if this deal went through.

Brown has been having a breakout season, averaging 26.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game, shooting 53.9 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from 3. Brown isn’t just making the case for his first All-Star appearance but rather an All-NBA selection.

Even though Harden is averaging double-digit assists per game, Brown is currently averaging more points and rebounds, shooting a higher percentage. Brown is also younger and doesn’t have issues off the court. This doesn’t seem to make much sense for Boston.

Smart is the team’s defensive anchor whose impact cannot be measured through stats. Trading him for a player who notoriously struggles on the defensive end would turn Boston’s defense into a liability, rather than a strength.

Ainge did the right move in staying away from this one.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, Harden did land in their division. The Celtics will be seeing their fair share of James Harden, even if he’s not in a green uniform.

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