Despite a strong start to the preseason from newcomer John Wall, Rockets guard James Harden is still insisting on a trade out of Houston. According to a report from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, Harden is “unmoved” by Wall’s debut with the Rockets.
The arrival of John Wall has left All-NBA guard James Harden unmoved and uninterested in pursuing a new partnership, and the franchise star continues to push the Houston Rockets for a trade, sources told ESPN.
Previous reports and rumors indicate that Harden’s list of desired destinations includes the Nets, 76ers, Bucks and Heat. In regards to the Sixers, the report from ESPN explained that Philadelphia is unwilling to include one of their young stars in a trade for Harden.
For now, the Sixers are unwilling to include All-Stars Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons in trades, and the Rockets are uninterested in a package primarily composed of the Nets’ complementary players and draft picks, sources said. The Nets aren’t interested in trading Kyrie Irving, nor have the Rockets expressed an interest in acquiring him, sources said. For starters, the Nets and Rockets would need to find a more palatable young player on a third team as part of a broader deal, sources said, and there’s no indication that prospect has gained any traction in recent weeks.
Harden, who won the NBA MVP award in 2018, averaged 34.3 points and 7.5 assists per game last season.
You can read the full report from Shelburne and Wojnarowski at ESPN.