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No chance in hell the Rockets trade James Harden

On Tuesday a report came out that Philadelphia 76ers expected to be interested in and pursue James Harden. The rumor shouldn’t come as a surprise given that former Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is now in charge of basketball operations in Philly.

Of course Morey would want to try and reunite with a player he once said is a better scorer than Michael Jordan. However, a trade goes both ways, and on the Rockets side, it doesn’t make any sense to trade their MVP just yet.

On the daily Locked On Rockets Podcast, host Jackson Gatlin explains why the James Harden trade rumors to Philadelphia are ‘phony.’

Jackson Gatlin: Let’s address the whole is James Harden actually getting traded to Philadelphia. Let me step back and answer that, hang on…

Hell no.

I just wanted to address that… There are two years left on James Harden’s contract, two years left and a player option. So he’s locked down for two more seasons… If the Rockets are going to blow things up, it makes zero sense to do it this offseason and to essentially tank this next season because they don’t have their draft pick.

So if they were going to blow things up, if they were going to move on from the James Harden era, which I still am not 100% buying into that idea, then it would make the most sense to do it next summer. Then they have their draft pick the following draft, they could actually tank effectively they could get back some type of a valuable trade package for Harden, you know, some combination of a young up and coming promising player plus a swath of draft picks or whatever.