James Harden has reportedly decided that his time with the Houston Rockets has come to an end after eight seasons with the team.
After a bombshell story was released by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, it is clear that Harden believes the Rockets’ championship window has closed, and he is ready to join a superteam with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the Brooklyn Nets.
Harden believes his window to chase championships in Houston has ended, and constructing a super team with the Nets represents his best pathway to a title, sources said. Harden can become a free agent in 2022 if he opts out of the final year of his contract — and sources said Brooklyn represents a two-year play to win a title before deciding on the next steps in his career.
James Harden is one of the league’s most recognizable faces, not only because of his signature beard but also due to his scintillating offensive production–which has seemingly improved every single one of his eight seasons in Houston.
The 31-year-old made the All-Star team in each of his eight years with the Rockets, and he has been the league’s leading scorer for each of the past three campaigns.
Despite playing alongside a bevy of big names, including Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, Harden was never able to make it to the NBA Finals.
Of course, his best chance to make the Finals came in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, but the seven-time All-NBA member was doomed by an ill-timed injury to Chris Paul as well as a record-setting 27 missed 3-pointers from his teammates.
Perhaps his fortunes will change if he joins a superteam in the East.