John Wall: It's Been A Little Rocky With James Harden

Ross Houston
January 13, 2021

"I love this city".

Harden reportedly wants to be traded to either the Philadelphia 76ers or another contender in the National Basketball Association, and the former MVP had a clear message after the Rockets were swept aside by defending champions the Lakers 117-100 on Tuesday.

"This situation is insane". "I don't think it's been the best it could be, to be honest".

It's the closest Harden has come to going public with the trade demand that sources say he made during the offseason.

While this likely isn't a goodbye message, it certainly puts pressure on the Houston front office.

Additionally, the Rockets as a team have struggled.

Despite Harden's desire to leave Houston, there aren't many favorable trades on the table for the Rockets to get an adequate return.

"The bottom line is James Harden wants out". He has since continually given Harden assurances that he will trade him, and empowered new general manager Rafael Stone to trade the three-time scoring champion, who has three years and $133 million with a player option for the final season remaining on his contract, when he finds a deal he likes. But which one will the Rockets pick? "And it was clear these last two games". "From the beginning of the game, they're just a veteran team obviously, championship team, and one of the best teams we have in this league".

"We're just not good enough - chemistry, talent-wise, just everything".

After losing to the San Antonio Spurs last week, Anthony Davis was livid about his team's performance defensively and proceeded to call out his teammates after the game.

Harden ended his virtual news conference after only two questions.

The Houston Rockets are planning to keep James Harden away from the team until they can complete a trade involving the disgruntled star, sources tell Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.

"He's talking to his own opinion. He wants to go to Philly from what I'm being told even more so than Brooklyn".

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