Rockets’ James Harden Still Wants Traded Despite John Wall Addition

Not even the presence of John Wall can keep James Harden with the Houston Rockets. According to a report from ESPN, Harden continues to seek a trade.

Houston acquired Wall in a deal with the Washington Wizards for Russell Westbrook, who also wanted out of Houston. Wall and Harden like each other, and Wall is said to have nothing to do with Harden’s trade request. But Harden wants out, anyway.

“I think me and James can be a heck of a combination,” Wall told reporters after the Rockets’ 104-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night. “I just hope we get the opportunity to get into the regular season and see how it goes.”

Harden has been linked to the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat. All four teams are said to be on his “wish list” of potential destinations. But without a “no-trade” clause in his contract, Harden could end up anywhere. The Sixers are reportedly the top candidate of the teams mentioned.

“For now, the Sixers are unwilling to include All-Stars Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons in trades, and the Rockets are uninterested in a package primarily composed of the Nets’ complementary players and draft picks,” ESPN reported.

Harden’s next destination is a mystery. All we seem to know at the moment is that he just doesn’t want it to be Houston.

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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