Houston Rockets Ready to Trade Outside of James Harden’s Preferred Destinations: REPORTS

Published 12/19/2020, 6:00 AM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 13: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets has words for a referee during the first half against the Denver Nuggets on Monday, November 13, 2018. The Denver Nuggets hosted the Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The James Harden trade saga is taking new turns each week. The 2018 MVP has made it quite clear that he wants out of Houston. But a potential trade is yet to go down for the Beard.

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When Harden asked for a trade, he mentioned Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers as his preferred destinations. However, it appears that Harden might not get what he asked for.

Adrian Wojnarowski on how the Rockets can get the best trade package for James Harden

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Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden leaves the court after a victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently revealed that the Rockets are trying to expand the trade talks for their superstar. In fact, they are open to hearing all offers for Harden, including other teams that Harden has mentioned.

The Rockets are really expanding their conversations beyond those two preferred destinations of [James] Harden… They are starting to gather more interest in both the Eastern and Western conferences of teams.

“Because Harden has two years left on his deal, who’d be willing perhaps to trade for him without an assurance that he’d stay long term.”

The Rockets begin their NBA season next Wednesday. Woj mentioned that the team wants to get the deal done rather sooner than later.

One thing for certain, Houston would like to get this done sooner than later… They have a checklist of what they would like in a deal… They have gotta really maximize value and that’s gonna be a really good young player and draft picks at the very least.

“… And they are looking at scenarios, three-team scenarios, where perhaps a particular doesn’t exactly have the player they want, but they can help go get that player in a bigger deal.”

Engaging in a three-team trade scenario would allow the Rockets to be a tad more flexible. They could get a lucrative trade package for their unsettled star before the season even begins.

 

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Will James Harden’s run with the Rockets finally come to an end?

Dec 15, 2020; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) passes the ball over San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and guard Lonnie Walker IV (middle right) and guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the first half. Mandatory Credit: Mike Wyke/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Despite the constant rumors with teams trying their luck at acquiring Harden. A deal is yet to be finalized for the Beard. As of now, he remains a member of the Houston Rockets. But the question is, for how long?

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Considering Harden’s actions over the last few weeks, the superstar seems pretty desperate for a change in his career. A trade might go down before Wednesday, but otherwise, it will create unnecessary tension among the Rockets player in the locker room.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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