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Rockets Announce Revised Four-Team Trade

POSTED: January 16, 2021 -- 4:09 p.m. CT

The Houston Rockets today announced that their three-team trade with Brooklyn and Cleveland has been amended into a four-team trade involving Indiana. The Rockets traded guard James Harden to the Nets and a 2023 second round pick to the Pacers while acquiring guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE-po) from Indiana, guard Danté Exum from the Cavaliers, and forward Rodions Kurucs (RO-dee-ahns KOO-rootz) from the Nets.

The Rockets also acquired the following draft assets:

Oladipo (6'4", 210) is in his eighth season and is a two-time All-Star. In 430 career games with 370 starts, he is averaging 17.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.7 steals. Over the past three seasons, he was the only player to have averaged at least 20.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game, and 1.90 steals per game. In 2017-18, Oladipo was named Most Improved Player, All-NBA Third Team, and All-Defensive First Team. He is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2020-21 season.

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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 assists per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game per 36 minutes played. Exum is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2020-2021 season.

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 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game per 36 minutes played. Kurucs's contract has a team option for the 2021-2022 season.

Harden leaves as the second-leading scorer in Rockets history with 18,365 points. Harden was an All-Star in each of his first eight seasons with Houston and was named MVP in 2017-18.

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