James Harden Says He Loves Houston But Rockets Situation Can't Be Fixed

James Harden says Rockets 'just not good enough,' doesn't know if situation 'can be fixed'

© Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, guard James Harden and coach Stephen Silas look to the video board during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers. After not reporting to training camp followed and then missing the first few games of the season due to COVID-19 protocols, he just hasn't been himself.

In 2019-20, points scored by Harden and points scored off his assists averaged 52.4 per game.

Additionally, the Rockets as a team have struggled. Approximately two months after he first asked to be traded, and with the Rockets (3-6) plummeting while the strain of it all reveals itself so plainly among his teammates, the situation is clearly reaching a breaking point and a deal appears all but inevitable.

The Rockets' trade talks with the Nets and Sixers had gathered momentum in recent days - even before Harden's comments Tuesday night, sources told Shelburne and Wojnarowski.


"[We're] just not good enough... I literally have done everything that I can", Harden said. "I mean, this situation is insane". "I don't think it's been the best it could be, to be honest".

Houston's front office is now weighing the best final trade offers from the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell Shelburne and Wojnarowski. There's been very few situations like this in National Basketball Association history in which a player makes a statement like this on video.

Despite Harden's desire to leave Houston, there aren't many favorable trades on the table for the Rockets to get an adequate return. "I mean, you can tell the difference in these last two games. And it was clear these last two games".

The Houston Rockets are planning to keep James Harden away from the team until they can complete a trade involving the disgruntled star, sources tell Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski. "I can't know what he thinks about the team or what he feels like we are", Wall said.

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