John Wall reacts to questions on James Harden’s desire to leave Rockets
John Wall seems to have entered the Houston Rockets at an inopportune time amid James Harden’s demand to be traded. Despite this, Wall is focused on one thing: how to help the Rockets win.
Harden and Wall played for the first time as teammates in their preseason duel with the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. Wall is obviously aware of the reports swirling around Harden and his desire to move out of Houston. Per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Wall knows his boundaries and has not talked about the matter with Harden. Instead, his focus is on how to help his new team, whether Harden is present or not.
“I don’t try to ask him about that because that’s his personal business. All I worry about is what we can do to make this Rockets team the best that we can be while everybody is here and move forward with that.”
Apart from hiring a new coach, a new front office management, and working on some roster tweaks, the Rockets were busy trying to make Harden stay. Similar reports cite the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat as his preferred destinations.
John Wall on James Harden's desire to leave Houston: “I don’t try to ask him about that because that’s his personal business. All I worry about is what we can do to make this Rockets team the best that we can be while everybody is here and move forward with that.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 16, 2020
However, the Rockets seem to have no intention of letting The Beard go. Their acquisition of John Wall via trade was a way to try to keep Harden in. His appearance on Tuesday’s preseason game was for mere professional courtesy. But his demands remain the same: he wants a fresh start after years nine years donning the Rockets jersey.