TEXANS TRADE TALK

Examining what it would take to bring Jamal Adams to the Texans

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Jets safety Jamal Adams is the best player at his position in the NFL and according to multiple reports, Adams is unhappy with his contract situation in New York and the All-Pro Safety wants out.

Let's be honest, there are 31 other teams in the NFL that would benefit from adding a player as good as Adams to their defense. The problem for the Houston Texans is that despite being one of the 8 teams that Adams has reportedly said he would prefer a trade to, Bill O'Brien's team doesn't have enough assets to swing a deal that Jets GM Joe Douglas would even consider making.

Any trade for Jamal Adams, who still has two years left on his rookie contract, would start with at least one first-round pick. Let's use former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey as an example here. Ramsey was entering his fourth season in the league last year, just as Adams is with the Jets, and despite not having what was deemed a lot of leverage, Ramsey was still able to force his way out of Jacksonville. However, the compensation for Ramsey's services? Two first-round picks.

The Jets have all the leverage with Adams meaning that for Douglas to even consider trading him, the Jets would need to get a Ramsey level of compensation otherwise the Jets can just hold onto Adams. The new CBA makes it very difficult for a player to holdout. Adams can complain about his contract all he wants but ultimately the Jets can decide his fate. Plus, why would the Jets want to make him happy by trading him to a team he wants to go to?

Now Texans fans might recall 'Trader Bill' sending two first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a second-round pick in 2021 to the Dolphins for Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil last year. That means Houston is without a first or second-round selection in the upcoming 2021 draft. So why would the Jets even consider trading Adams to a team that couldn't give them the needed draft compensation? They wouldn't.

Well, what if O'Brien calls up Douglas and decides to offer top draft picks in 2022 and players on the current roster to try to get a deal done. In theory, that could work but wouldn't O'Brien be cutting off his team's nose to spite his team's face? Does it really make any sense to continue to mortgage your future when the reality is, as good of a player as Adams is, he still plays a non-premium position? Adams doesn't guarantee that the Texans are winning a championship in 2020 not to mention the fact that he is going to want a new contract that will impact the Texans' salary cap in the years to come. Can the Texans really afford to pay a box safety a reported 17 or 18 million dollars a year? The answer is no. Especially when a new contract to the team's franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson, is on the horizon.

Jamal Adams would look great in a Texans uniform but unfortunately for Texans fans, the same could be said for 31 other teams in the NFL. It's not happening.

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In recent reports, there have been multiple rumors that the 76ers could make a push for James Harden if they can sign Mike D' Antoni as their head coach. As the 76ers fired Brett Brown in August, they are now looking for a culture change. So, it won't come as a surprise if the 76ers try to trade Joel Embiid for Harden. Hopefully, Daryl Morey recognizes the talent of Harden and rejects the idea of trading him.

Harden is easily the second greatest Rocket of in franchise history, including being second in scoring. In Harden's eight-year tenure with the Rockets, he has become an NBA MVP, made the All-NBA team seven times, three-time scoring champ, and an eight-time All-Star. Harden's resume with the Rockets is impressive, including going to Western Conference Finals twice. Ever since Harden came to Houston in 2012, he revamped the Rockets' franchise with eight consecutive playoff runs. Before Harden came to the Rockets, this franchise had missed the playoffs three times in a row.

Harden also attracted huge free agents like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, and Russell Westbrook, which helped him succeed in his Rockets tenure. He has made the Rockets an attractive team to play on since being in Houston for eight years.

Even though Harden has been great with the Rockets, he has not reached the Finals yet. That has been the huge question mark on Harden's resume while playing for the Rockets. Honestly, there are certain moments when Harden has disappeared in big games. In 2015 versus the Clippers in Game 6 of the Western Semifinals, Harden shot 5 of 20 from the field, and was benched in the 4th quarter by Kevin McHale, as the Rockets were led by Josh Smith to force a Game 7 in Houston. Also, during the Spurs-Rockets Western Semifinals of 2017, Harden had another disappearance in Game 6. Harden shot 2 of 11 from the field with only 10 points as the Rockets lost to the Spurs 114-75 without Kawhi Leonard.

Despite those two horrible examples, Harden was extremely close in 2018 versus the Warriors but an injury to Paul's hamstring stopped the Rockets' momentum, as they lost in game 7 by missing 22 straight three-pointers. The following year, the Rockets lost to the Warriors again without Kevin Durant because Paul and Harden were not on the same page in the Western Semifinals. Things were not different this year, as the Rockets were overpowered by the Lakers 4-1.

Trading the 32-year-old Harden could be tempting because of the recent playoff failures, but he is a generational player. In the last 5 years, Harden has dominated the NBA with his elite scoring. Harden has averaged over 30 plus points per game in the last three seasons. He is also classified as one of the greatest scorers of all-time behind Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Wilt Chamberlin.

Stephen A. Smith lays out why he thinks Harden is the greatest scorer currently in the NBA in the video below.

James Harden is 'the greatest scorer in the NBA' - Stephen A. | First Take youtu.be

After all the things Harden has accomplished in Houston, is he still untouchable? Honestly, if Harden is traded, the culture for the Rockets will drastically change, especially with new players coming to Houston. In my opinion, Harden and Morey are very close but Morey is blinded by his own decisions because of Harden. Morey built this team around James and does anything to please him. He wanted to keep D'Antoni around because of Harden, which is not helpful for the Rockets. If the Rockets are going to win big, Morey has to be stronger with his own judgement of the team, and not Harden's.

If the Rockets decided to trade James Harden to the 76ers, they could receive Embiid and Josh Richardson, which is still good. The Rockets would get a big man, who is a superstar, and a great wing defender, which gave Harden problems two years when he played for the Heat. This would not be bad decision if the Rockets decided to move on from Harden.

Before Morey decides to pull the trigger, he needs to digest Harden's accolades, including his shortcomings. Hopefully, the right decision is made for the Rockets' organization.

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