James Harden Joins Russell Westbrook In Seeking Trade

Houston, man, do you have a problem. Now James Harden and Russell Westbrook both want a trade from the you, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.

“Harden wants to move on from the Rockets, the Chronicle has been informed, and is trying to force his way via trade to Brooklyn, allowing The Beard to form the NBA’s next superteam and rejoin forces with former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant,” Smith wrote.

As Smith mentions, Harden seems to prefer the Nets. Or as OutKick’s Gary Sheffield Jr. puts it, Durant, Kyrie Irving and the Nets are “resonating” with Harden.

This has already been quite an offseason for the Rockets. First, coach Mike D’Antoni stepped down after the Los Angeles Lakers bounced them in the second round of the playoffs. Then, general manager Daryl Morey left after 13 seasons running the roster.

The Rockets promoted Rafael Stone to GM and hired former Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas as coach. Harden reportedly preferred Tyronn Lue, who now coaches the LA Clippers, and assistant coach John Lucas over Silas.

It’s not clear if the coaching hire or Westbrook’s call for a trade led to Harden’s decision.

Either way, this could be the end of the Rockets as we know them and perhaps a whole new beginning for the Nets.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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