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James Harden’s 2-word response on feelings about Rockets’ situation

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden gave no indication he is more open to staying in H-Town on the eve of the 2020-21 season.

Harden was asked Monday if he felt better about the roster and the team’s outlook than he did prior to arriving for camp. That ask was promptly met with a dismissive “next question” response.

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However, it seems Harden thinks highly enough of the team’s chances to make strides in the Western Conference.

The Beard said he expects to be the best player in the league while helping the team earn a top-three seed in the Western Conference:

Harden’s future remains unclear, and it very well might be cloudy up until the modified NBA trade deadline in March.

The Philadelphia 76ers could probably offer the Rockets the best package, but Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has been consistent in stating the team would not trade Ben Simmons.

Brooklyn is all but out of the question unless a third team is involved, considering previous reporting has indicated the Rockets simply do not have any interest in what the Nets might offer.

As for other suitors? Well, it is all a big question mark. The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks don’t seem to have a whole lot of interest in giving up major pieces in a trade, and it’s unclear if other suitors are actually involved.

Houston should not be in any rush to move Harden unless the deal is great. He is under contract through the next two seasons, and the Rockets will want to see how he fits with a new-look roster that now includes John Wall and Christian Wood.

Perhaps Harden also begins to jell more with head coach Stephen Silas, which could alter the complexion of his stance regarding a trade.

For now, however, it still appears Harden’s wish is to move on.