James Harden Rekindles with Rockets Teammate for the First Team Since Trade Talks

Published 12/11/2020, 2:43 PM EST
GUANGZHOU, CHINA – AUGUST 12: The NBA player James Harden of the Houston Rockets attends a commercial event at Haixinsha Asian Games Theme Park on August 12, 2017 in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


In the last few weeks, everyone has just one question on their mind – Will James Harden leave the Houston Rockets? The Beard has already requested a trade and his recent actions supported the speculations.

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Harden didn’t show up for the initial training camp with the rest of the team at the Toyota Center. He was out partying that too sans a mask.

Now that Harden is back in Houston, he needs to get 6 negative tests before he can rejoin the team. But it seems that Harden has already reunited with his Rockets center, PJ Tucker.

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PJ Tucker’s Instagram story leaves fans with more questions than answers

Tucker recently uploaded a picture of himself and James Harden after a workout session. He captioned the story with, “That’s why I never let y’all kill my ambitions.”

This story has left fans puzzled, as it suggests that PJ Tucker is not with the Rockets team in Chicago. On the other hand, the 35-year-old did participate in the initial workout by new Head Coach Stephen Silas. So maybe he is trying to convince Harden to give it a try.

Additionally, the Rockets have added DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall to their roster as well. The team looks good, but is it good enough to convince the former MVP to stay?

Is leaving the Houston Rockets best for James Harden?

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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)

Ever since Harden graced the team with his presence, the Rockets have seen their fair share of ups and downs. They perform at a phenomenal level in the regular season but come playoff time, they succumb under pressure.

Moreover, Harden has always had a sidekick by his side, whom he could rely on during tough times. Despite all that, the Rockets have failed to bring home the glorious trophy. Maybe a change in scenario is what the Beard needs to finally become an NBA champion.

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As of now, he has a lot of options on the table such as the Sixers or the Nets. But it all comes down to the Rockets’ front office and how open they are to the idea of a world without Harden on their side.

What are your thoughts on this picture shared by PJ Tucker? Does it mean Harden is running it back with Houston? Or is his departure all but inevitable?

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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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