The Houston Rockets have continued to deal with trade rumors hovering around James Harden. The Rockets are attempting to navigate through the situation with the hope of retaining their star guard. Among the previously rumored landing spots were the Golden State Warriors, which star point guard Stephen Curry has finally given his honest assessment of the scenario.
James Harden trade rumors engulfing the Rockets
The last several weeks for the Houston Rockets have been shrouded by trade rumors involving star guard James Harden.
The sentiment around the matter has centered on Harden wanting to compete for an NBA title with another franchise. The rumors initially covered his desire to play for the Brooklyn Nets alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Things have since moved to him reportedly being open to playing with the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, and Milwaukee Bucks. The situation also briefly included the Golden State Warriors mentioned as a landing spot, which Stephen Curry has weighed in on the matter.
Stephen Curry weighs in on the Warriors’ interest
A few weeks ago, the trade rumors around James Harden included the Warriors popped in as a possible trade destination.
Those talks occurred before Klay Thompson’s season-ending torn Achilles tendon. However, the Warriors reportedly didn’t make a strong push because they viewed at as a short-term move that could mortgage their long-term picture. Two-time league MVP Stephen Curry touched upon the scenario during an interview with 95.7 The Game stating that he laughed and brushed off that chatter.
“What was it, probably like two or three years ago, there was a rumor that LeBron [James] was gonna leave [the Cleveland Cavaliers] and come play for us. There’s all type of stuff that you hear, and that’s all part of the small world that is the NBA rumor circles and whatnot,” the Warriors star shared.
“Some of the stuff you kind of laugh at. Some of the stuff is just a part of the business but until anything happens in this league, you kinda just brush it off. It’s part of the nature of the business.”
These type of rumors around adding another superstar are no stranger to Curry and the Warriors over the last few years. The move to acquire Kevin Durant a few summers ago has changed the entire dynamic and feeling around the franchise, and made each of these scenarios seem feasible.
The Warriors will continue to be linked to disgruntled superstars from Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo to Karl-Anthony Towns. These are things that Curry knows will hover around the franchise as long as they are aiming to compete for an NBA title.
Will things reach a resolution soon?
The Houston Rockets have no reason to rush through the situation with James Harden.
The former league MVP is in the second year of his four-year, $171.1 million deal that includes a $47.3 million player option for the 2022-23 campaign. Houston has also already publicly voiced that they hope to retain him as their franchise centerpiece.
There is a clear desire for a significant change for Harden, which has only led to other trade rumors cropping up. Things are moving toward an encouraging direction with the 31-year-old finally reporting to the team, but will need six negative COVID-19 tests before he can begin practicing.
Houston may just have a ticking timebomb with their star guard that could see things implode at any point in the coming weeks.