Whereas Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are receiving preferential remedy in Los Angeles, James Harden is receiving the identical sort of remedy in Houston.
Harden has reportedly been working the present in Houston since becoming a member of the Rockets in 2012. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon says Harden has acquired all the pieces he desires, even calling the pictures on personnel selections. Sources informed MacMahon that Harden pushed the group to half methods with Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and former head coach Kevin McHale.
The Rockets brass reportedly hoped to maintain Harden and Paul collectively for the 2019-20 season after making it to the Western Convention Finals a pair years prior, however Harden’s ultimatum resulted within the group making a transfer for Russell Westbrook, who has since been dealt to the Washington Wizards.
“We knew who the boss of the group was,” an unnamed ex-Rockets assistant coach informed MacMahon. “That is simply a part of what the deal was while you go to Houston. The gamers, coaches, GM, proprietor all know.
“I do not blame James. I blame the group. It is not his fault. He did what they allowed him to do.”
After years of catering to Harden, it seems the group is able to take a stand. Whereas the three-time scoring champion requested a commerce out of Houston, the Rockets have stated repeatedly they don’t have any plans to deal the sharpshooter.
In an effort to get him to stay with the group, the Rockets acquired John Wall within the Westbrook deal, however the acquisition hasn’t performed something to vary Harden’s emotions about staying in Houston.
If the Rockets do find yourself making him out there in commerce discussions, Marc Stein of The New York Occasions reviews that the Philadelphia 76ers are the most definitely vacation spot for the 31-year-old. Nonetheless, Harden’s commerce listing additionally consists of the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Warmth, so the Sixers would doubtless face some robust competitors.