Sources: Harden not with Rockets; talks intensify

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The Houston Rockets are planning to maintain James Harden away from the group till they’ll full a commerce involving the disgruntled star, sources inform ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston’s entrance workplace is at present weighing the very best ultimate commerce provides from the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, sources inform Shelburne and Wojnarowski.

Rockets coach Stephen Silas informed reporters that Harden wouldn’t be at Wednesday’s observe, at some point after the previous league MVP stated the group is “simply not ok” following a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

“We felt that it was finest for the group and finest for James to not come to observe,” Silas stated.

The Rockets’ commerce talks with the Nets and Sixers had gathered momentum in current days — even earlier than Harden’s feedback Tuesday evening, sources informed Shelburne and Wojnarowski.

Harden, in what represented the closest he is come to a public commerce demand, stated after Tuesday’s 117-100 loss that he would not assume the struggling Rockets “might be fastened” and that he has “actually have carried out every part that I can.”

Houston’s entrance workplace had been decided to stay affected person till its asking value for Harden was met, sources informed ESPN. The Rockets had knowledgeable groups that they need a younger franchise cornerstone and a bundle of first-round draft picks and/or intriguing expertise on rookie contracts in return for Harden, sources stated.

Harden made it clear to proprietor Tilman Fertitta earlier than the season that he didn’t imagine within the franchise’s path and skill to contend and most well-liked to be traded to a group that was in a greater place to win, sources stated.

Fertitta was disenchanted however informed Harden that he would discover the commerce market on the Rockets’ timetable. He has since regularly given Harden assurances that he’ll commerce him, and empowered new normal supervisor Rafael Stone to commerce the three-time scoring champion, who has three years and $133 million with a participant possibility for the ultimate season remaining on his contract, when he finds a deal he likes.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon contributed to this report.

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