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Harden Re-Energizes Trade Speculation with Postgame Comments

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Rockets star James Harden discussed his less-than-ideal situation in Houston following a loss to the Lakers.

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James Harden of the Houston Rockets doubled down on his rumored trade request in his postgame press conference following Tuesday’s loss to the Lakers. Harden’s comments are preceded by a well-documented saga that has captured headlines since the outset of the 2020-21 season.

Adam Spolane of Sports Radio 610, a Houston-based station, shared a video of Harden’s quotes just before leaving the stand—mentioning that Harden’s remarks felt like a clear push for a trade.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski later reported that the Rockets have not found a trade destination for Harden. The lack of movement on the trade front is likely tied to Houston’s hefty asking price for the former NBA MVP.

Harden is averaging 23.8 points per game so far this season, his lowest point total since joining the Rockets in the 2012-13 season. In the three seasons prior to 2020-21, Harden led the NBA in scoring. Entering the year, Harden has earned an All-Star Game nod in eight consecutive seasons.

The Trail Blazers are rumored to be on Harden’s list of desirable destinations.