2. Harden is a primary option
With Harden’s original request to the Brooklyn Nets, it seems Harden was ready to take a back seat and not be the number one option. But if you look at Harden’s history with his co-stars, this may sound better on paper than in reality.
For better or worse, Harden’s game usually starts with him being the primary ball-handler and the one running the offense. Simply put, it’s not in his DNA to be in a secondary role.
Chris Paul made it a point to say Harden was not too enthusiastic about Paul running the offense. If Harden goes to, let’s say, the Nets, that is Kevin Durant’s team.
Even if we assume, for some strange reason, the Rockets will take back Kyrie Irving, Durant would still be the main guy for the Nets. Even with John Wall on the team now, Harden is still the number one option.
In other words, the offense still revolves around him, despite the Rockets having a new coach in Stephen Silas and a new supporting cast.
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