The James Harden rumor mill is really starting to heat up and the latest involves the potential of a super team with the Brooklyn Nets.
According to several ESPN reporters, Harden is considering his future in Houston and the Brooklyn Nets are rising to the top of his list of potential destinations. The eight-time All-Star apparently likes the idea of reuniting with Kevin Durant, whom he played with in Oklahoma City, and joining forces with Kyrie Irving.
Adrian Wojnarowski noted that the Rockets continue to tell teams that they play to “run it back” with Harden this season and that there have been no trade discussions between the Rockets and Nets.
Both Harden and Russell Westbrook have expressed concern over the direction of the team in recent weeks, which parted ways with both head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey.
D’Antoni, coincidentally, is an assistant coach on rookie head coach Steve Nash’s staff with the Nets. It is certainly possible that Harden, who flourished under D’Antoni in Houston, could desire to follow his head coach to Brooklyn in addition to wanting to team up with Durant and Irving.
Prior to the Sixers’ hiring of Doc Rivers, there were reports if D’Antoni were to be hired, Harden would follow him there.
Morey, meanwhile, is now the GM of the 76ers, where Harden has also been connected because Morey is the one who traded for Harden in 2012.
Any potential deal for Harden for any team won’t come cheap, either.
Harden is under contract through the 2022-23 season and is owed roughly $131.4 million over the next three seasons.
The 31-year-old Harden is in the prime of his career. He led the NBA in points per game for the third straight season (34.3) and is coming off his fourth scoring title of his career.