Rumor: Rockets in ‘no rush’ to trade James Harden to Nets after reported verbal agreement
According to Anthony Puccio of SNYTV, the Rockets are in no rush to trade Harden and any verbal agreement in place has been taken off the table.
I reported that sources believed there was a verbal agreement in place. From what I’ve gathered over the last couple of days, Houston is not bowing down to Harden or the Nets, and is in no rush to make a trade.
Wouldn’t consider it dead, but nothing is imminent at this moment.
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) December 1, 2020
James Harden reportedly requested a trade from the Rockets and wants to get sent to the Nets so he can play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. However, Houston is under no obligation to trade the 2018 MVP since he’s under contract with the team.
Harden has yet to make it past the Western Conference Finals with the Rockets. He has lost to the Golden State Warriors on both occasions he made it to the WCF with Houston.
Last season, Harden led the NBA in scoring for the third straight campaign. He averaged 34.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game and led the Rockets to the Western Conference Semifinals, where the team lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
The 2020-21 season starts on Dec. 22. Nets fans holding out hope for a Harden trade may have to stop praying since it appears Houston is going to hold onto The Beard for as long as it can. After all, it makes sense for the Clutch City franchise to keep Harden since he is one of the best players in the game and arguably the top shooting guard in the league.