Danny Ainge admits Celtics discussed trading for James Harden but asking price was too high

Peter Dewey
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The Houston Rockets traded superstar James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday for a massive haul of draft picks.

The Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers were also involved in the deal that now pairs Harden with his old teammate Kevin Durant.

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge revealed that the Celtics discussed a potential deal for Harden, but they felt the asking price was too high.

The Celtics already have two young stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

If Boston were to trade for Harden, it likely would have had to part ways with Brown and a large number of draft picks.

Boston also could’ve dangled point guard Kemba Walker in a deal, but his value isn’t as high as he recovers from a knee injury. Walker has yet to play this season.

While the Celtics may have thought about Harden, they will now have to worry about him and the Nets in their division and the Eastern Conference.

If the two teams meet in the postseason, it would be a very entertaining series.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.