Harden preferred Brooklyn to Philadelphia just over a year ago, when the Rockets traded him. The way Harden was acting at the end in Houston, why wouldn’t the Rockets have just taken whichever offer they deemed better? They didn’t necessarily owe it to Harden to send him to his preferred destination.
But the bigger question moving forward: If Harden chose Brooklyn over Philadelphia in 2021, would he feel differently in 2022? What will have changed in such little time?
That said, Harden reportedly always wanted to join the Nets for two years but not necessarily longer. Harden might view playing for the Nets as just a chapter, not the coda, of his career.