James Harden wants to play for a contender and his top trade destinations are Philadelphia and Brooklyn, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Charania adds that "Houston is fully comfortable keeping Harden and Russell Westbrook into the season."
Last week it was reported that both Harden and Westbrook express concerns about the Rockets' directions, as both are pursuing their elusive first NBA championship.
Earlier this month, Charania reported the Sixers are expected to pursue Harden, with new president of basketball operations Daryl Morey taking over.
It was also reported in September that the Sixers could be eyeing Mike D'Antoni as their coach, with hopes of luring James Harden to Philadelphia. Of course, the Sixers hired Doc Rivers to be their new head coach, but you can't help but think Harden is still in their plans.
When asked about trading at least one of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and/or Al Horford during his introductory press conference, here is what Morey told 94WIP's Howard Eskin.
"My goal is to win a championship, so whatever gets us there is what we'll do," Morey said on Monday. "But I would say to have two star-plus players [in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons] in 24 and 26 years old, that is why I couldn't get Doc Rivers to interview in Houston because he saw this roster and said it was amazing."