Houston, we have a problem. NBA superstar James Harden is eyeing a move to the Brooklyn Nets and wants to move on from the Rockets, according to a Monday update from Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. The NBA’s trade moratorium is now over, which allows transactions to occur at any time.
However, with Harden under contract for at least two more seasons, it’s unclear whether the Rockets would actually move him.
“But Harden wants to move on from the Rockets, the Chronicle has been informed, and is trying to force his way via trade to Brooklyn, allowing The Beard to form the NBA’s next superteam and rejoin forces with former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant.”
James Harden wants to move on from the #Rockets and is trying to force his way to Durant's #Nets via trade.
The Rockets want to keep Harden as the face of their franchise but will trade him if it becomes the best option for a franchise in transition. https://t.co/G9hZuRdarM #NBA
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) November 16, 2020
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According to one of Smith’s colleague at the Houston Chronicle and a longtime Rockets beat writer, the Rockets “believe they can bring in the help” to improve the roster and restore Harden’s confidence in the team’s status as a title contender.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 16, 2020
If Harden truly wants out, there’s probably no going back to him sticking it out in Houston. The Rockets higher ups probably should have consulted him on a coach and new GM.