The past week has been a much more relaxing one for Boston Celtics fans. The team has now won three straight games following a blowout victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Boston had dropped the previous three games, and five of the previous six, before turning things around on Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The dominant showing over Houston has fans feeling good as the Cs approach a rematch with the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.
Speaking of the Rockets, one of the team’s former stars has stirred up a world of controversy following a report that he may be interesting in returning to H-Town. Just an hour before the Philadelphia 76ers were set to tip off against the New York Knicks on Christmas, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnorowski reported that James Harden would be interested in returning to the Rockets this summer.
Woj’s report caused plenty of speculation from fans and media around the NBA about whether Harden was happy with the Sixers, and where he could be headed next. Las Vegas even got in on the fun, with sportsbooks posting odds for where the Beard would be playing next.
Are the Boston Celtics in on James Harden?
Surprisingly, the Boston Celtics were amongst the favorites to land Harden if he was to leave Philly. Spotrac’s Keith Smith tweeted a list of BetOnline.ag’s most likely landing spots for the former MVP.
The Celtics were third only the list, only behind Houston, and the Miami Heat.
Besides these odds, there aren’t any signs out there that point to Boston as a potential landing spot for the 33-year-old. The Cs don’t have the money to sign Harden in free agency, and there really isn’t any need for them to blow out their core to land him in a trade.
In 19 games for the 76ers this season, Harden is averaging 22 points, 11.2 assists, and 6.5 rebounds on 43.2% shooting from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc.
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