Houston Rockets fans received some good news when superstar James Harden finally reported to training camp. But as expected, he did not suit up in Friday's preseason game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Center DeMarcus Cousins, meanwhile, made his Rockets debut and offered what appears to be a direct message to The Beard.

Shortly after helping the new-look Rockets wallop the Bulls, 125-104, Boogie had this interesting comment postgame as per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

“I think it was a good showing, whoever’s watching, whoever’s interested. It shows that it’s still a really good team here, regardless of the circumstances floating around the team right now.”

While Cousins certainly did not drop any names, it's evident that he was implying the ongoing saga between Harden and the Rockets. The former MVP has reportedly asked for a trade, even adding the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat from his preferred destinations. Harden's camp initially cited the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers as their top choices.

Cousins, meanwhile, is likely making the case that his new team is pretty formidable in its own right. He and fellow hot recruit John Wall had impressive showings in Friday's win. The 6-foot-10 slotman pitched in 14 points and five rebounds in 15 minutes, while Wall, who came over in the blockbuster trade for Russell Westbrook, finished with 13 markers, five boards, and nine assists in 19 minutes.

James Harden's future in Clutch City still remains uncertain. But if DeMarcus Cousins can return to his pre-injury self, maybe he can entice his All-Star teammate to stay after all.