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NBA teams are going to need a James Harden trade soon


#Some teams were going to talk themselves into it; the situation was just too ripe. There was a blockbuster coming.

#In the summer of 2018, #Masai #Ujiri kept thinking about the difference between a good team and a great team.

The #Toronto #Raptors president had built good teams; he even won the NBA #Executive of the #Year #Award in his third season as general manager of the #Denver #Nuggets. #He built a bunch of 50-win teams. #He built teams that won division titles. #He built teams that went to the conference finals.

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#But #Ujiri asked himself: #Had he truly ever built a great team in #Toronto — one that legitimately could win it all?

#As he spent days mulling over what could have been the riskiest move of his career, he finally came to grips with the answer and then executed the trade for #Kawhi #Leonard.

#At the moment, the NBA has a bloated middle class. There is a large group of teams, maybe as many as a dozen, that are on the edge of contention. They have a star or two. They have a path to maybe reach the second round of the playoffs or maybe even the conference finals, if things fall just right. They are good; they are not great.

#This is where #James #Harden comes in, and why his future could shape how this NBA season plays out.

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