Reason #5: Why would Harden want to return to Houston?
James Harden has accomplished everything a player can accomplish on an individual level. He has an MVP, scoring titles, an assist title, and has made enough first-team All-NBAs to be a slam dunk first-ballot Hall of Famer. The only thing that eludes him is a championship.
At this point in his career, pursuing a championship should be all that Harden is worried about. Adding a championship won’t change what he has accomplished, but it will prevent him from entering the dreaded best player to never win a championship conversation. In what world would returning to Houston help that endeavor?
James Harden may love Houston, but he can spend the second half of his life in the city if he so chooses. The Rockets don’t offer him the best chance to secure a title. It just doesn’t make sense for him to give up on that pursuit now.
Reason #4: Why would the Rockets want James Harden?
The Rockets’ interest in James Harden makes sense. They’re a bad team with a ton of assets and cap space. Signing Harden without giving anything up would dramatically improve their team and still leave them with the ammunition to land another great player. If such a move is possible, the front office would have to consider it, but I still think they should pass on it.
Even with Harden, how good would the Rockets actually be? Would they be a playoff team? Probably. Would they be a title contender? Probably not. The point of a massive teardown is to build a championship roster. Adding Harden doesn’t do that, and it might just hold them back from their ultimate goal because…