Miami Heat: James Harden and Houston happenings worth monitoring?

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts against the Miami Heat (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts against the Miami Heat (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) collides with Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard (0)(Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat were close to a title last season, one piece away even. I don’t think Harden is that piece though.

Harden Could End Up Anywhere… Even Miami

If he doesn’t stay in Houston or get traded to his preferred destination of Brooklyn, then he’d have to go somewhere if they decide to move him. That spot could be Miami.

Here’s the thing though. I don’t think it will or should happen.

The Miami Heat were admittedly only a piece or so away from winning a title last season. James Harden isn’t that piece and for a few reasons.

His style of ball doesn’t match the Miami Heat’s philosophy and although typically philosophies, teams, and players are supposed to be and can be malleable, Harden and the Heat are polar opposites of each other philosophically.

They cannot mesh because they are two equal forms of gravity that pull in either direction. It simply isn’t possible.

Secondly, the assets that it wouldn’t take to land Harden are and were crucial to the Miami Heat making it as far as they did last season. They can’t give up the team, because they are technically then back where they started.

If we are being totally honest here, I think Harden ends up in Brooklyn. It isn’t going to be pretty, playing out in Houston or once he arrives in Brooklyn.

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The Brooklyn part could go one of a few different ways though and some of them are good for Miami. Let’s hope we can count on Kyrie to sink it all with some of his antics… if it happens.