Because the word broke that James Harden hoping to trade outside of Houston, reports suggest that Missiles they hope to be able to persuade him to reconsider his position and make running lists that show him that the team can still fight for the title. However, ESPN’s Tim McMahon suggested that during the Brian Windhorst Hoop Collective’s podcast, the team’s commitment to this position may fluctuate.
“The meaning I get from the Rockets is that their ambition, their goal, their hope are no longer tied to healing the relationship with James Harden and somehow getting him on board.” MacMahon said (the tip of RealGM’s hat). “He is aware that his mind is determined. He wants to go out and is determined to say, “Okay, we got it. This is happening in the NBA, but just because James Harden wants it doesn̵
As MacMahon explains, even if the Rockets are no longer confident that Harden can be persuaded to spend the rest of his career in Houston, that doesn’t mean the team will make a deal as soon as possible to send him to his favorite spot. for landing in Brooklyn.
MacMahon, who last week suggested that Houston was “ready to feel uncomfortable” with Harden and Russell Westbrooktold Windhorst that the club would be looking for a young potential franchise player and a Jrue Holiday-ex package of drafts for each transaction for Harden. And the Rockets are willing to be patient in the hope that this price will be reached, if not by Networks then maybe from Sixers or another club.
“What they say is, ‘Look, we’re not going to rush this,’ McMahon said. “… They say, ‘Hey, you’re going to have to come to camp, you’re probably going to have to start the season. “At this point, the Rockets must be ready to listen. They understand that at some point they will have to make a deal. But that’s not when he has two years plus a player option on his deal. “
As for Westbrook, MacMahon said that for the time being in the commercial market “it is not appropriate for it to make any sense.” The Rockets hope that Westbrook will start the season with the team, show that he is healthy and potentially increase his value for MacMahon.