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.
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.