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Will James Harden trade happen soon? Sources indicate it could

James Harden says Rockets 'just not good enough,' doesn't know if situation 'can be fixed' All-Star James Harden says Houston Rockets 'just not good enough'
Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2021, 22:31

Rockets coach Stephen Silas told reporters that Harden would not be at Wednesday's practice, one day after the former league MVP said the team is "just not good enough" following a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

James Harden has had an eventful offseason and start of the 2020-21 National Basketball Association season. The 31-year-old appeared to be out of shape, possibly enjoying a few too many chicken wings at the club and sporting a hefty belly. The announcer was cut off by his colleague, who said, "Hey, chill out, chill out" after almost spitting out his water. "I mean, this situation is insane. And it was clear these last two games".

He averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and a remarkable 4.0 blocks per game in the two games against the Rockets.

Harden's desires for a trade out of Houston were made clear in the lead-up to the season, and he seemed to imply Tuesday night with his closing remarks that he still desires to be traded. "I mean, you can tell the difference in these last two games".

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The Rockets have lost four of five games since Harden, who held out of the beginning of training camp, has returned from a right ankle sprain that caused him to miss one game.

When James Harden brought the Houston Rockets' messy melodrama to center stage late Tuesday night, announcing during his 90-second postgame Zoom session that "it's something that I don't think can be fixed", a natural question emerged: Was a trade finally about to happen?

"We can't dwell down on it because it's only been nine games". Come on man, you want to jump off a cliff after nine games. "There's a lot of basketball still to be played", Wall added. "I can't know what he thinks about the team or what he feels like we are", Wall said. "That's all I really could say".