James Harden’s alleged commitment to Rockets, but what does that really mean?
New Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas is confident that James Harden is going to be with the team when the 2020-21 season starts on Dec. 22 and focused on winning a championship in Clutch City.
Harden has reportedly requested a trade from the Rockets and wants to play for the Brooklyn Nets so he can team up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The 2018 MVP has yet to meet with the Houston media since his trade request, so we don’t know what Harden is thinking about at the moment.
However, based on Silas’ comments, it sounds like Harden will be reporting for training camp.
Coach Silas says James Harden will be all in.
“I’m confident he’ll be here when we get started.”
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) December 3, 2020
One of the best scorers in NBA history, James Harden has led the NBA in scoring the past three seasons. However, the Rockets have yet to advance to the NBA Finals since acquiring Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.
The franchise has reached the Western Conference Finals two times, losing to the Golden State Warriors on both occasions.
The Rockets traded 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for former No. 1 overall pick John Wall. Harden, assuming he’s in Houston once the 2020-21 season starts, will be playing with his third different All-Star point guard. The lefty played with Chris Paul in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and Westbrook last season.
It’s going to be fascinating to see what happens with Harden this season. The Rockets reportedly have no interest in trading their franchise player even though Harden has made it known behind the scenes he wants to be dealt to the Nets.