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James Harden trade market beginning to open to more than just Rockets star’s preferred destinations

James Harden, Rockets trade

The Houston Rockets have done their due diligence in at least engaging with other teams in trade talks surrounding James Harden, but it’s been to no avail. With most of his preferred destinations showing hesitancy in moving on the 31-year-old guard, the front office will have to explore alternative paths if they plan to truly move on from Harden.

The Rockets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, are actively expanding their trade talks to multiple teams:

The Houston Rockets are increasingly expanding trade discussions on All-NBA guard James Harden beyond his preferred destinations of Brooklyn and Philadelphia, sources tell ESPN.

Several teams tell ESPN that they’re feeling less inhibited about trading for Harden without an assurance that he’d re-sign once he can become a free agent in two years.

Harden’s preferred destinations at the moment still remain the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets, according to previous reports, but those talks haven’t gained any traction lately, with the exception of the Sixers’ new willingness to move Ben Simmons.

With no deal on the immediate horizon for Harden, the former MVP elected to return to Houston and engage in practice following his Las Vegas and Atlanta debacle. While he was active and played in the Rockets’ last preseason game, it goes without saying that the eight-time All-Star still wants out of Houston, despite their ability to land John Wall in exchange for Russell Westbrook.

Even with the Rockets fielding more contenders in talks for Harden, the chances of him being moved remain small unless general manager Rafael Stone is willing to come down on his asking price.