The Brooklyn Nets' blockbuster trade for James Harden has worked out very well for them so far this season. Harden is steadily putting up MVP numbers on a team that doesn't need him to be the sole source of offense, and Brooklyn is sitting in second place in the East heading into the All-Star break, just a half game behind the Philadelphia 76ers.
For the Houston Rockets, despite still losing and likely staring down a rebuild, they were able to work out a three-team trade that landed them a young star in Victor Oladipo, who may or may not be around past his current contract that expires after this season. Regardless of how this trade looks in the long term, there's always going to be what ifs surrounding the deal -- what would've happened had the Rockets dealt Harden to the Sixers for Ben Simmons, or to the Boston Celtics for a package of Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart?
However, former Boston Celtics forward and three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker says Danny Ainge and the Celtics made the right call in not pulling the trigger on a Harden trade.