Houston Rockets: Updated starting lineup, depth chart after James Harden trade

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After the long-awaited James Harden trade happened, the Houston Rockets feel like a brand new team. So what does their lineup look like now?

So for anyone who was away from Twitter this afternoon likely missed one of the most beloved and dizzying experiences of an NBA season.  As the James Harden trade from the Houston Rockets grew to add a third and ultimately fourth team it felt like the NBA trade deadline all jammed into less than half an hour. To catch everyone up here is the trade:

Brooklyn Nets Obtain:

–        James Harden

Houston Rockets Obtain:

–        Victor Oladipo

–        Rodions Kurucs

–        Dante Exum

–        4 future first-round picks

–        4 first-round pick swaps

Indiana Pacers Obtain:

–        Caris LeVert

–        Second-round pick

Cleveland Cavaliers Obtain:

–        Jarrett Allen

–        Taurean Prince

Wow, that is a lot. For the Houston Rockets, this is likely the end of an era of regular season greatness. The team was on the edge of implosion since the initial Harden trade demand and his outburst at the post-game press conference after Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers was the final straw.

Enough about the former face of the franchise. The Rockets have clearly pivoted into a brand new direction and it looks to be a fascinating one. They have three Brooklyn Nets first-round picks (2022, 2024, 2026), one Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick (2022) and four Nets pick swaps (2021, 2023, 2025, 2027) and three new players.

There will be a lot of change on this roster even if it is only one player out. The most important change comes in the change to who is the face of the franchise now.

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