James Harden fans are checking the news nonstop. Woj reported that Harden is considering leaving the Houston Rockets. After coach Mike D’Antoni and Rockets GM Daryl Morey left their position, Harden is unsure what direction the Rockets want to go in.
Additionally, rumors say Russell Westbrook also wants to leave to an offense where he has more of the ball in his hands. Things look very bleak for the Houston Rockets, who seem close to blowing up the whole operation and beginning a rebuild.
Yet, the news of Harden possibly leaving is the worst-case scenario for Rockets fans. Harden is one of the greatest players in the history of the Rockets franchise. He brought the Rockets out of a major slump and made them consistent playoffs and finals contenders.
However, the one knock on Harden was his inability to win a championship. Despite being paired up with superstars such as Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and now Russell Westbrook, he always fell one or two steps short.
While Rockets fans will be reluctant to admit it, the truth is that Harden is unlikely to win a championship in Houston, especially with the makeup of this roster. Further, rebuilding a new roster around Harden without rebuild-master Daryl Morey is not easy.
There are teams that are interested in Harden. While he is 31 years of age, he is still playing at an MVP level. In an efort to seemingly prove this point, Harden again led the NBA in scoring this past regular season, showing he still has what it takes.
One of the surprise franchises that emerged in the list of teams in for Harden is the Brooklyn Nets. The idea is to pair superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with James Harden to create a win-now super team and dominate the NBA. Woj reported that the idea is appealing to Harden, who would reunite with friend and former teammate Kevin Durant. The pair played together in the NBA Finals durig their younger days with OKC.
Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans spoke recently about the possibility of James Harden pairing up with KD and Kyrie in Brooklyn. He tweeted “I was already over 2020 but if James goes to Brooklyn then I’ll see yall 2022 cause they got 2021”.
Surely, the arrival of Harden to Brooklyn makes them favorites to win the NBA Championship. The fit on the court is the real question, given how ball-heavy the three players are. But the friends could have a general understanding and make adjustments to their game for the sake of winning.
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