James Harden drama carrying into Rockets’ season: ‘Next question’



If James Harden feels better about his situation in Houston since reporting to training camp earlier this month, he wasn’t saying so on Monday.

“Next question,” Harden said tersely during a Zoom call.

Clearly, the Harden drama isn’t going away anytime soon, as the specter of trading the disgruntled three NBA-time scoring champion figures to overshadow Houston’s season until he is dealt. The Rockets open under first-year coach Stephen Silas on Wednesday at home against Oklahoma City.

The Rockets have held discussions with the Nets, the 76ers and a few other teams since Harden requested a trade in November. ESPN reported Monday that Miami has dropped out of the Harden talks.

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Former Rockets GM Daryl Morey, now with Philadelphia, interestingly posted and then deleted a tweet Sunday congratulating Harden for the one-year anniversary of breaking Calvin Murphy’s franchise assist record in Houston.

Houston acquired five-time All-Star point guard John Wall, who hasn’t played in two years due to a torn Achilles, in a blockbuster trade with Washington for Russell Westbrook on Dec. 2.


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