The James Harden trade rumors are heating up with the Houston Rockets superstar like he's already checked out of the franchise. With his actions as of late and his responses to the media, it appears like the unhappy shooting guard already has his bags packed and is more than ready to head to the airport once the Rockets finally grant his trade demands.

Former Rockets guard and current Inside the NBA host Kenny Smith, however, believes Houston shouldn't just trade the 2017-18 NBA MVP just because he's unhappy. The two-time NBA champ added that the Rockets should only consider a deal if they are able to get a player close to Harden's stature in return.

Via TMZ Sports:

“Nah, I'm not trading my best player if he's not happy,” he said. “He's gotta have a better reason. You gotta have a better reason. He's too good to just trade because he's not happy.”

Smith added that the only way you could trade a player of Harden's caliber is if you get someone of his level in return.

“James Harden is a player that doesn't come around every 10 years. So, you need a guy who doesn't come around every 10 years to match that.”

The Beard will most likely be on the Rockets' opening night roster when they tip-off against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, unless a Woj Bomb blasts the entire league within the next 48 hours.

It seems like a James Harden trade is imminent. However, as The Jet said, Houston shouldn't budge and short-change the team by dealing away a generational talent like Harden.