James Harden trade ‘should be on the table’ for Rockets, claims NBA exec
The Rockets lost to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World. Houston has gotten bounced in the second round the last two postseasons and some think it’s time for the franchise to rebuild and move Harden and All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.
That’s probably a step further than the Rockets are willing to go. Harden keeps the Rockets on national television and in the playoffs. Several teams believe Westbrook is available, but they’ve received no indication from Houston that Harden is anything but untouchable.
“Everything should be on the table, including moving Harden,” said the second Eastern Conference executive.
James Harden is set to make $41,254,920 in 2020-21, $44,310,840 in 2021-22 and has a player-option worth $47,366,760 for the 2022-23 campaign.
Now, the odds of the Rockets trading Harden are very, very low. Houston general manager Daryl Morey loves the Beard and has been on record saying he wants to win a championship with Harden as his best player.
Harden led the NBA in scoring for the third consecutive season in 2019-20. He averaged 34.3 points per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc.
All eyes are going to be on Houston this offseason. There could either be major changes or Morey will try and run it back with Harden and Westbrook, something a lot of pundits believe would be the wrong move.