The Miami Heat were open to trading multiple young players and potentially a 2025 first rounder to the Houston Rockets in exchange for James Harden.
The Heat are currently unable to trade a future first round pick due to the pick obligation of their 2023 first round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat and Thunder could agree to a deal to unlock that pick protection.
The Heat would have to include Andre Iguodala and Kelly Olynyk to match salary.
Houston could want even more than a package of Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Precious Achiuwa, KZ Okpala, Iguodala, Olynyk and first round picks in 2025 and 2027, sources tell the Miami Herald.
Miami currently is unwilling to give up that much in a trade package for Harden.