Rockets’ James Harden says he’s happy to not be part of ‘NBA shuffle’
Last season, Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis requested trades. Butler is now on the Miami Heat after splitting time with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers in 2018-19, while Davis is on the Los Angeles Lakes next to LeBron James.
Harden is obviously happy the Rockets were able to land his pal Westbrook and thrilled he has security in Houston:
James Harden(@JHarden13)thrilled to not be part of what he calls the NBA shuffle:"I've been fortunate to be here n Houston,this is my 8th year.This organization has showed me a tremendous amount of love. I never have to really worry about free agency or doing anything like that" pic.twitter.com/5ZgiXZfE3i
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 19, 2019
James Harden signed a four-year, $171 million extension with Houston back in 2017. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and general manager Daryl Morey have consistently said they want to win a championship with Harden.
In a league where loyalty is essentially non-existent, it looks like Harden and Houston have a good thing going.
By acquiring Westbrook, the Rockets are title contenders in the rugged Western Conference. Harden has led the NBA in scoring the past two seasons, while Westbrook has averaged a triple-double three seasons in a row. It’s going to be really fun to watch the two MVPs play in Houston. Rockets fans are hoping the superstars can co-exist quickly and lead Houston to its third championship as a franchise.