Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has finally decided to speak to the media.

One question he was asked was about Houston Rockets’ James Harden and his trade requests, including wanting to join Irving and Kevin Durant in Brooklyn.

While Irving hopes Harden is happy with whatever happens, he knows he has no control over the outcome and is focused on his team. per Adam Zagoria:

“We can’t control those rumors…We wish him well…We’ve got to focus on our players…James is a great player,” Irving said. “I just want him to be happy and secure in who is he as a man first, and then as a basketball person.”

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This is the first time Irving is speaking to the media after refusing to make himself available thus far throughout the preseason in protest of the social injustices around the country, calling the media pawns. Both he and the Nets were fined $25,000 last week, with Irving urging the league to use the fine money to help in the fight to end racial injustice.

Harden and the Rockets have been in a struggle over the star’s future ever since Houston was knocked out of the playoffs, with multiple sources reporting that both Harden and Russell Westbrook were on their way out of Texas.

Westbrook was traded to the Washington Wizards for John Wall in November while Harden is still looking to be traded. The Rockets are currently attempting to trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers, but what they want out of Philly seems to be too high at the moment to make a deal.

Harden has continuously stated that the Nets would be his preferred destination, but no talks between the two franchises seem to be in the works.