HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets today announced they have completed a three-team trade with Brooklyn and Cleveland. The Rockets traded guard James Harden to the Nets while acquiring guard Caris LeVert (Care-iss la-VERT) and forward Rodions Kurucs (RO-dee-ahns KOO-rootz) from Brooklyn along with guard Danté Exum from the Cavaliers.
Houston also acquired the following draft assets:
- Three unprotected first round picks from Brooklyn in 2022, 2024, and 2026.
- The right to swap first round picks with Brooklyn in 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2027.
- Milwaukee’s first round pick in 2022 from Cleveland.
“On behalf of the entire Rockets organization and the City of Houston, I’d like to thank James Harden for an amazing eight-plus seasons in a Rockets uniform,” said Rockets owner Tilman J. Fertitta. “James has provided us with so many great memories as we’ve watched him grow from Sixth Man of the Year to a perennial All-Star and MVP. My family and I also want to thank James for his many off the court contributions, including generous charitable donations and multiple annual community events. We wish James the best of luck and will always be grateful for the memories.”
LeVert (6-6, 205) was originally the 20th overall pick by Indiana in the 2016 NBA Draft before his rights were traded to Brooklyn. In 225 career games with 96 starts, he is averaging 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals. LeVert averaged 18.7 ppg last season, including 25.0 ppg during the seeding schedule in Orlando.
Exum (6-5, 214) was the fifth overall pick by Utah in the 2014 NBA Draft. In 245 career games with 72 starts, the 25-year-old is averaging 5.7 points, 2.1 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game. Over the past three seasons, Exum averaged 14.6 ppg, 5.0 apg, and 4.2 rpg per 36 minutes played.
Kurucs (6-9, 230) was the 40th overall pick by Brooklyn in the 2018 NBA Draft. In 115 games with 55 starts, the 22-year-old is averaging 6.5 points, and 3.4 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game. Over his first two seasons, Kurucs averaged 13.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg, and 1.9 apg per 36 minutes played.
Harden leaves as the second-leading scorer in Rockets history with 18,365 points. He was an All-Star in each of his first eight seasons with Houston and was named MVP in 2017-18.
In a related move, the Rockets have waived forward Bruno Caboclo.