James Harden Pushing For NBA TradeJake Cooper | 17 Dec 2020
All-NBA guard James Harden reportedly remains dead set on being traded away by the Houston Rockets. So much so, that not even the arrival of John Wall has been powerful enough a partnership prospect to convince him to change his mind.
Wall after last weekend’s preseason debut with the franchise spoke about hoping to excite Harden about the prospect of playing alongside him (Wall) in backcourt. Wall told reporters that he thought he and Harden could be a heck of a combination, but that he only hoped that they would get the opportunity to play together in the regular season.
Harden, on the other hand, isn’t at all in on the deal. And according to an inside-source, it’s nothing personal.
Harden Showing Understanding
Though having reportedly arrived late to the recent start of training camp following several social detours, Harden is said to have voiced understanding of the predicament his franchise is now having to face because of his strong desire to be traded. He has also reportedly accepted that it may take some time for the Rockets to find a trade that returns equal value.
Houston has reportedly already entered into talks with two possible trade destinations for the league MVP and three-time NBA scoring guard, namely the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. According to those in the know, Brooklyn remains the All-NBA guard’s top choice as such a trade would lead to a long-awaited reunion with former Oklahoma City compadre, Kevin Durant.
Harden Won’t Go Cheaply
Although the natural offer from the Nets would have been Kyrie Irving, he’s not yet been put up for offer – and according to sources, the Rockets hasn’t expressed any sort of interest acquiring Irving either. Houston has however made it clear that it isn’t interested in a Nets package for the better part made up of backup players and draft picks.
As for the Philadelphia 76ers, there appears to be an unwillingness to trade All-Stars Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid, irrespective of whether Houston will have showed an interest in acquiring either.
Houston has however set its price for Harden in stone, being that of a package including a young franchise cornerstone player as well as a selection of first-round picks.
Wall, in the meantime, was acquired by the Rockets in return for their trading away of Russell Westbrook to Washington.