Before James Harden was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets this January, there were several teams other than the Nets that were interested in trading for the All-Star guard. One of those teams was the Boston Celtics, but according to general manager Danny Ainge, the team couldn’t get a deal done because the price for getting Harden was too high.
He went on to say that the Rockets’ asking price for the 2018 MVP was something they couldn’t give up and that the trade ultimately wasn’t something that the team wanted to do.
However, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports that Ainge and the Celtics were far more interested in trading for the former Rockets star than what their front office was willing to admit publicly. However, a deal that would have sent Harden to Boston likely would have meant that the Celtics would let go forward Jaylen Brown, who is putting up career-best numbers in his fifth season.