Nets Star James Harden Was Closer to Being a Celtic Than Most Realize: Report
In a deal that send shockwaves around the NBA and dramatically changed the complexion of the championship conversation, the Brooklyn Nets on January 14 landed perennial All-Star James Harden from the Houston Rockets. The trade required two other teams to help facilitate. . . Harden has been electric for his new team the Nets are 17-6 in games Harden has played in so far but as it turns out, The Beard almost wound up playing for a different Northeast team. . . Harden Was Close to Becoming a Celtic. In January, as the Harden sweepstakes was entering its final leg, multiple reports had the Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers in a two-horse race for Hardens services. But ESPNs Ramona Shelburne reported the Boston Celtics also were in the mix. . . Boston general manager Danny Ainge confirmed as much to an extent. . . Yeah, we had conversations regarding James, Ainge said on 98. 5 The Sports Hubs Toucher

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