“You’re Never Safe”: Distressed Due to James Harden, 21YO NBA Star Discloses on Potential Rockets Betrayal

Published 10/21/2023, 3:17 PM EDT

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The Houston Rockets’ burgeoning star was the subject of trade speculations earlier this year, bringing comparisons to the James Harden trade story. The 21-year-old guard is establishing himself as the franchise’s bright rising star and a player with unyielding commitment. Earlier this year, trade rumors concerning him swirled, with indications that they may sell him for a big player.

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These speculations were, however, happening during the James Harden trade fiasco. So, now that the rumors have died down, the All-Rookie First team player shares his opinion about the entire scenario.

Houston Rockets rookie talks about his situation during the Harden trade rumor

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Jalen Green, who is entering his third NBA season, has already established himself as a strong presence on the field. He averaged 22.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists for the Rockets in his second season. His scoring talent and potential for fame have cemented his place in the franchise’s future.

However, during an interview on Stadium, they asked him about his involvement in the James Harden trade. To which Green said, “There was a lot of talk around everything, I got thrown in there that I was getting traded. I feel like the Houston Rockets believe in me. I feel like they showed it a lot, multiple times”.

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He continues, “Even just like with the team we have now, they’re showing it. But yeah, I was thrown in there and I was like, ‘Screenshot, wallpaper, motivation. I mean, you never know what’s gonna happen. You’re never safe, and there’s never guarantees. There’s always a reason to keep that chip on your shoulder and stay in the gym, no matter what ya’ll situation is for real.”

However, as the Houston Rockets build for the future, Jalen Green’s steadfast dedication to the club and continuous growth are crucial. Green’s supporting cast has grown with the additions of new head coach Ime Udoka, guard Fred VanVleet, wing Dillon Brooks, and promising newcomers Amen Thompson and Cam Whitmore. However, the prospective trade of James Harden remains a matter of debate.

What is the situation with James Harden’s trade?

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The protracted tale of James Harden’s trade is increasingly leading to a possible landing with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Philadelphia 76ers have resumed talks with the Los Angeles Clippers in order to acquire the unhappy point guard. While other clubs remain interested in the Sixers, the desire appears to be to reach an agreement with the Clippers in the near future. The two parties are now negotiating the inclusion of Terance Mann, the Clippers’ backup swingman, in the deal package.

The Clippers have declared Mann untouchable, putting a halt to negotiations. The Sixers are insisting on Mann’s inclusion in any deal, placing the ball in the Clippers’ court. There is little interest in the trade talks across the league, as many clubs believe the Sixers’ asking price for Harden, 34, is too high. In exchange for Harden, the Sixers want an All-Star or assets that could contribute to the signing of an All-Star.

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Some say the player, who was formerly ranked among the league’s finest, is in a considerably compromised state. The ongoing trade talks involving James Harden continue, with a probable transfer to the Los Angeles Clippers taking center stage. The conclusion of this high-stakes trade is unknown, but it is evident that the Sixers are desperate to strike a deal that matches with their long-term goal.

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Dhruv Shastry

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Dhruv is an NBA writer at ES with years of playing experience to name. Despite the ankle injury barring him from playing further, he never lost touch with the sport. He loves the swag and the attitude basketball players possess.
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Saumya Khanduja

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