Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce among NBA players shocked by massive Harden blockbuster


The James Harden trade rumors sizzled for weeks and weeks and weeks... and on Wednesday afternoon, everything suddenly erupted.

Harden was sent to Brooklyn to join forces with Kevin Durant in exchange for a massive haul, including several future first-round picks and pick swaps, Rodions Kurucs and Caris LeVert — who was subsequently flipped along with a second-round pick for Pacers star Victor Oladipo. The Cavaliers joined the equation as a third team to sweeten the deal, sending Dante Exum and a 2022 first rounder and getting former Nets center Jarrett Allen in return.

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And if you're overwhelmed or left speechless by this, you're not alone. NBA Twitter was taken by storm, and though it would be impossible to curate every fan response, we can take a look at what some major players had to say — or attempt to say, though ultimately they were unable to come up with much — about the deal.

As all the tweets above indicate, the NBA world could barely get out more than a few words in their utter surprise... and it even stopped C.J. McCollum from taking his afternoon nap. Whereas Drummond's GIF game was strong, there was obviously some good competition among other media outlets out there.

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