Best place for James Harden to win is in Toronto, per Channing Frye
Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden has made it clear that he would like to be traded. Where he might play in the coming season is still up for speculation, but former NBA big man Channing Frye believes the Toronto Raptors would give The Beard the best chance of winning a championship.
In response to a tweet sent in his direction on Tuesday, Frye noted Toronto’s culture and developmental processes as reasons for his fit with the team:
I don’t do the math, the best place for him to win and is Toronto. Hands down. Think about the organization the development the players the culture he would get everything he needs! https://t.co/ln2ESGxOSU
— Channing Frye (@channingfrye) November 17, 2020
The Raptors would be a newcomer in the sweepstakes for Harden, though several teams are said to be interested. The Brooklyn Nets are making the most headlines, but no deal has come to fruition as of yet, despite reports of a “verbal agreement.” Another report claimed that rumor was false, noting the Rockets are looking for a massive haul that the Nets might not be able to make. Simply asking for Kyrie Irving or Kevin Durant in such a deal is believed to be a non-starter.
Interestingly enough, Harden was nearly traded to the Raptors in 2012. The proposed deal would have sent Harden to Toronto, while the Oklahoma City Thunder would have received Jonas Valanciunas, Jose Calderon and Terrence Ross. Ultimately, though, that deal never came to be.
If the Raptors want to trade for Harden, they would almost certainly have to part ways with Pascal Siakam, among other assets. While it would be tough to lose Siakam after watching him grow and win a championship with the franchise, it’s James Harden we’re talking about it.
It seems unlikely that the Raptors will be able to land Harden, but we’ll keep an eye out if anything develops.