Rumor: James Harden not reporting to training camp has other teams wanting NBA to step in
Harden, the 2018 MVP, has reportedly requested a trade from the Rockets and prefers to get traded to the Brooklyn Nets so he can compete for a championship with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe (h/t Real GM), people who work for the other 29 teams in the NBA want the league to step in and handle the Harden situation.
“I have already heard from, I don’t know, three, four people out of the blue today who don’t work for the Rockets but work for the other 29 teams saying, ‘the league has to step in and do something about this. This is not okay.’
“This is going to become the latest referendum on player empowerment and when does it go too far? I think it’s a nuanced and fascinating topic. But it’s already spiraling out of control.”
The Rockets’ first preseason game is on Dec. 11 against the Chicago Bulls. If James Harden isn’t with the team by then, Houston may have no other choice but to trade the All-Star shooting guard.
One of the best scorers in NBA history, Harden has led the league in scoring the past three seasons. He averaged 34.3 points per game in 2019-20 and led the Rockets to the second round of the 2020 playoffs, where Houston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
It’s going to be fascinating to see what happens with Harden and the Rockets.