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One year later, Rockets still haven’t fully benefitted from the James Harden trade

On this day a year ago, the Houston Rockets officially smashed the reset button and sent franchise cornerstone James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets in a four-team trade.

Sources: Full current trade:

Rockets: Victor Oladipo, Dante Exum, Rodions Kurucs, 3 BKN first-rounders (22, 24, 26), 1 MIL first (22, unprotected), 4 BKN 1st round swaps (21, 23, 25, 27)

Nets: James Harden

Pacers: Caris LeVert, 2nd-rounder

Cavs: Jarrett Allen, Taurean Prince— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021

At the time, the Rockets showed a desire to focus on the future while also trying to build some sense of a competitive team in the present by turning an original three-team trade into a four-team deal by bringing in Victor Oladipo for Caris LeVert and a second-round pick.