What is that asking price?
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:
Am told Rockets want significantly more than that https://t.co/vuJXSVJ09Y
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 31, 2020
But Herro’s history of star-level play is short. Harden is a perennial MVP candidate still locked in nearly two more seasons. The Rockets should demand far more.
Duncan Robinson nudges the package in the right direction. But he’s still just a role player who’ll get a huge raise in restricted free agency next summer.
Of course, getting a superstar like Harden would require sacrifice. Miami probably won’t trade Butler or Adebayo. But the Heat – by removing lottery protections on the 2023 first-rounder they owe the Thunder – could send 2025 and 2027 first-rounders to Houston. Miami could also include Precious Achiuwa and KZ Okpala.
It seems there’s a fair deal to strike – unless a team like the 76ers (Ben Simmons) or Celtics (Jaylen Brown) offers a player more-valuable than Herro. But at some point, Houston might have to lower its asking price. Or the Heat could increase their offer. There’s a large middle ground available for a trade.
For now, the Rockets remain in a holding pattern.