RUMOR: James Harden discipline for no-showing camp not set in stone
Houston Rockets star James Harden continues to be away from the team at the start of training camps for the 2020-2021 NBA season. Even though his absence has clearly violated certain team rules, it is not yet conclusive whether or not he will be disciplined for his actions.
“You’d like to get through it holistically,” one Rockets source said.
Many have already questioned Harden’s recent absence from the team in light of his public appearances at clubs both in Atlanta and Las Vegas. Uncertainties also surrounded his commitment to the team after he reportedly demanded a trade to the Brooklyn Nets to join his pals in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving during the offseason.
In response to the recent turmoil within the team, the Rockets agreed to a trade that shipped All-Star guard Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a 2023 projected first-round pick.
The team also brought in new faces in DeMarcus Cousins and Christian Wood in hopes of providing an influx of new talent. With his reported desire of relocating to another city, the 2018 NBA MVP in Harden can only demand a trade as he is still under contract with the Rockets until 2022.
James Harden can expect to receive graver disciplinary actions from either the Rockets or from commissioner Adam Silver himself if he continues on his failure to report to the team. The Rockets’ first preseason game is already set on Dec. 12 against the Chicago Bulls.