Although James Harden is seeking a trade from the Houston Rockets, Harden’s best chance to win a title remains in Houston, for several reasons.
The soap opera that is James Harden and the Houston Rockets continues to rage on as the regular season approaches. Day after day, Rockets fans are bombarded by news reports that Harden wants to be traded.
The more the preseason goes on and the Houston Rockets get their full squad on the floor, it is starting to look like Harden’s best chance at a title is not via trade but staying right where he is with the Rockets.
Granted, the Rockets have been embroiled in controversy since they were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angles Lakers. It started with Mike D’Antoni deciding to walk after his contract ended, then came the news that Daryl Morey was leaving the Rockets for “family time.”
Then the bombs really started to drop.
The first news that came out was that Russell Westbrook wanted to be traded after just one season in Houston. Then came news shortly after that franchise cornerstone James Harden wanted out as well.
Since that news has come out, Westbrook has been traded for John Wall and Harden, according to reports, still wants to be on a new team.
The Rockets, though, have all the leverage in this drama. Harden is still under contract for at least two more years, and new General Manager Rafael Stone, with his lawyer background, doesn’t seem like the type of person to rush any situation.
With all this said, Harden may want to look closer to home if he tries to figure out his best chance at a title in the next couple of years. Here are three reasons why Harden’s best chance at a title is with the Houston Rockets.
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