Many people forget that the Cleveland Cavaliers were part of the monster trade that had James Harden sent to the Brooklyn Nets.
In that trade, the Cavs were part of the four-team package and ended up receiving center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince from the Nets.
The Cavs also sent away Dante Exum and a 2022 first-round pick to the Houston Rockets.
It was a lot of work and a lot of moving pieces and most people assumed the Nets got the best benefits from the deal.
But maybe not.
The Cleveland Cavaliers really won the James Harden trade.
— Colb (@___Colb___) June 27, 2022
As one Cavaliers fan pointed out online, it looks like Cleveland actually ended up winning that entire trade.
Is there truth to that?
The Land Stays Strong
When you really look at the deal, it’s like the Cavs got Allen for free, or at least for very little capital.
For the season, Allen finished with an average of 16.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game.
Sadly, his season was substantially cut short because of a finger injury but he’s already showing just how well he fits into Cleveland’s rotation.
Receiving Allen alone would have been enough to make this trade worthwhile.
But that’s only part of why this fan thinks Cleveland did best in the trade.
In the last few days, we have seen the headaches that can be caused by the superstars involved in that blockbuster package.
Between Harden continually flaming out in the postseason and Kyrie Irving constantly being difficult no matter where he is playing, the Nets felt like a complete mess more times than not.
Meanwhile, the Cavs are just getting stronger and stronger with far less stress.
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