The Houston Rockets may have swapped Russell Westbrook for John Wall, but that does not seem to have influenced James Harden’s desire for a trade.
According to an ESPN report from Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski, Harden is “unmoved and uninterested” in pursuing a new partnership with Wall and continues to push the team for a trade.
Wall – who has not played in two seasons due to injuries, including an Achilles tear – expressed optimism and excitement about joining forces with Harden in the backcourt.
“I think me and James can be a heck of a combination,” he said after the Rockets’ preseason game against the Bulls on Sunday. “I just hope we get the opportunity to get into the regular season and see how it goes.”
Per the ESPN report, Harden does not have anything personal against Wall, but just prefers a new start elsewhere.
Harden reportedly wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets where he can team up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, or Philadelphia Sixers, where former Rockets GM Daryl Morey is now in place.
A trade for Harden will not be easy, though. He will require a suitor to forfeit a lot of assets and also has three years remaining on his contract – which affords the Rockets to be patient.
Harden, however, has already reported to training camp late, although he has expressed to Rockets management he intends to be professional and engaged upon joining the team moving forward, according to the report.