James Harden Traded to Brooklyn Nets

The Houston Rockets shipped James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a massive four-team deal that also included the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Rockets received Victor Oladipo (from Pacers), Dante Exum (from Cavaliers) and Rodions Kurucs (from Nets), as well as Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round picks in 2022, 2024 and 2026, plus pick swaps in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027. Additionally, Houston brings home Cleveland’s 2022 first-round pick that was originally the Milwaukee Bucks’.

The Nets hauled in Harden (from Rockets) and a 2024 second-round pick from the Cavaliers. The Pacers brought in Caris LeVert (from Rockets via Nets) and a 2023 second-round pick from Houston. The Cavaliers received Jarrett Allen (from Nets) and Taurean Prince (from Nets).

With Harden back again with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving also in Brooklyn, the Nets immediately become a a major threat in the East and an NBA title contender.

“Adding an All-NBA player such as James to our roster better positions our team to compete against the league’s best,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “James is one of the most prolific scorers and playmakers in our game, and we are thrilled to bring his special talents to Brooklyn.”

Now for some other news from across the sport this week:

Nothing But News: Jan. 9-15, 2021

Mark Davis, owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, bought the Las Vegas Aces, pending approval from the WNBA’s Broad of Governors.

A New York federal appeals court upheld convictions against Christian Dawkins, James Gatto and Merl Code steaming from 2017 arrests in the FBI-investigated college basketball scandal.

Shaquille O’Neal very bluntly shared his thoughts on the megadeal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn.

The NBA sent a memo out to its teams with supplemental plans for COVID-19 testing that is already set for players and officials with game-day testing in all 28 of the league’s cities.

A’ja Wilson was honored by South Carolina with a statue outside of the Colonial Life Arena.

Brian Agler was hired as Wittenberg University Athletic Director.

Jemele Hill wrote that the WNBA cannot keep Kelly Loeffler around.

Sports Illustrated caught us up on how 45 of the best men’s college basketball teams are doing midway through the season.

Lifelong Dream Leads Ryan McCarthy to Propel Alaska Anchorage Women

Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball head coach Ryan McCarthy dreamed of being a part of UAA basketball for all his life. Since 2012, he has taken UAA women’s hoops to incredible heights.

This is his story.

Lifelong Dream Leads Ryan McCarthy to Propel Alaska Anchorage Women
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Get all the details that are out so far about when Selection Sunday 2021 is and what we know about the 2021 Men’s NCAA Tournament, which will all be held in Indiana.

When is Selection Sunday 2021? It's set for Sunday, March 14, with the Indianapolis-centered NCAA Tournament to begin shortly after.

2010-11 College Basketball Season Quiz

Test your knowledge of college hoops from 10 years ago with this quiz of the 2010-11 college basketball season.

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Utah Jazz Change Name to Utah Classic Country

Raymond Tortuga keeps the scoops comin’ with this one, detailing the Utah Jazz changing their name to the Utah Classic Country to be more consistent with their fanbase’s musical tastes.

The Utah Jazz are changing their name to the Utah Classic Country as professional sports teams across America make similar moves.

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