Rockets star James Harden has doubled his list of favorable destinations in an effort to escape Houston. On Thursday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania revealed that Harden added the Heat and Bucks to his list of preferred teams.
Along with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets star James Harden now also has the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat among his preferred trade destinations, sources with knowledge have told The Athletic.
Charania goes on to describe Harden’s relationship as it stands with his current team, the Rockets.
He has told the Rockets that he wants to be traded to compete for a title elsewhere, and has been resigned to the belief that he can no longer compete for a championship in Houston, sources say. Even still, Houston has made it clear they want to continue competing with Harden, who has two guaranteed seasons remaining on his contract (with a player option in 2022).
According to the report, the Nets and Sixers still top Harden’s list of potential landing spots.
The 76ers and Nets remain at the top of Harden’s preferred destinations, sources said. Milwaukee and Miami represent two other East contenders.
Harden, who was the No. 3 selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, started his career with the Thunder. He has suited up for the Rockets since 2012. In the 2017-18 season, Harden secured NBA MVP honors after averaging a stellar 30.4 points and 8.8 assists per game.
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