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James Harden trades: The case for and against each East title contender

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Perkins calls for Harden to be more professional (2:04)

Kendrick Perkins laments what he sees as a lack of professionalism from James Harden right now and says GMs are afraid to trade for Harden because of his off-court activities. (2:04)

When a superstar hits the trade market with significant time left on his contract, his availability serves as a gut check for any team with title aspirations. Even the most methodical organizations that carefully map out a long-term path to contention have to ask, What did we acquire all those draft assets and affordable contracts for if not to aggregate them for a top-five player?

This year, James Harden is that player.

While the Milwaukee Bucks have asked that question and decided to pass on getting involved, five other Eastern Conference contenders could see making a move for the disgruntled Houston Rockets superstar as the one that sets them apart from the rest of the pack.

So what can the Celtics, Nets, Heat, 76ers and Raptors offer Houston in exchange for the former MVP? And should they do it? Our experts break down the potential moves.


Boston Celtics

The potential offer