The James Harden drama in Houston seems to be getting more uncomfortable each day.
The disgruntled Rockets All-Star refused to answer a question during a press conference on Monday about whether or not he feels better about the Rockets situation now than before he arrived in training camp.
“Next question,” he said.
Harden has avoided questions about the trade rumors swirling around him since he arrived in training camp – a late arrival that many have viewed as a holdout. But despite Harden’s feelings about the organization, he is set to begin the season with the Houston Rockets.
“My expectations never change,” Harden said when asked about his goals. “Individually, be the best basketball player in the world. As a team, try to get a top three seed and give yourself a chance.”
The 31-year-old may not really believe the Rockets have much of a chance, though. He has reportedly expressed interest in being traded to the Brooklyn Nets or Philadelphia 76ers where he believes he has a better opportunity to win a championship.
The reports came soon after the Rockets parted ways with head coach Mike D’Antoni (currently part of the Nets’ staff) and general manager Daryl Morey (now GM of the 76ers).
The Rockets traded point guard Russell Westbrook to the Wizards earlier this month in exchange for fellow All-Star John Wall (who has not played in two years), but the trade reportedly left Harden “unmoved.”
Yet, Harden had nice things to say about Wall on Monday and that the team has been “going pretty hard” at training camp scrimmages.
How long he remains a part of that is anyone’s guess.