Rockets’ Harden continues to push for trade despite adding wall


James Harden is reportedly still determined to leave Houston via trade, despite the Rockets launching a blockbuster to bring in John Wall earlier this offseason.

According to Ramona Shelbourne and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Harden is “insensitive and indifferent to the pursuit of a new partnership” with Wall.

After the Rockets acquired Wall and a first-round pick from the Wizards for Russell Westbrook, Wall said he was looking forward to playing with Harden.

“I think James and I can be a hell of a combination,” Wall said of the 2018 MVP after Sunday’s pre-season loss to the Bulls. “I just hope we get the opportunity to get into the regular season and see how it goes. ”

Shelbourne and Wojnarowski add that Harden is aware that it may take time for a trade to emerge as the Rockets try to maximize its value in a market that doesn’t include many teams capable of offering a package deal. sufficiently broad exchange. Harden’s super-max contract comes with a player option after the 2021-22 season and teams are reportedly reluctant to pay the price Houston is asking for without assurances that Harden will stay beyond the next two seasons.

Harden has reportedly indicated he would be interested in joining the Nets, 76ers, Bucks or Heat, but those teams have indicated that they will not trade major assets like Joel Embiid or Kyrie Irving to secure a deal.

After missing the first days of training camp for various other engagements, Harden is expected to receive a sixth consecutive COVID-19 negative result on Monday and could be a full participant in group training for the first time.

Wall, who has missed the last two seasons with heel and Achilles injuries, is averaging 17 points in two preseason games.


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