James Harden is reportedly wanting out of Houston with his preferred destination being the Brooklyn Nets. However, the Rockets are still believing they can persuade the superstar to remain with the franchise.
The Rockets’ head coach Stephen Silas is confident that Harden will remain in Houston for the time being revealing that he will give space to his superstar to ‘do his thing’.
“When stuff like this kind of happens where there’s a little indecision and stuff going on, I kind of take a step back and allow guys some space,” Silas told reporters Thursday. “From my perspective, my communication has been, ‘I’m giving you space,’ and that’s kind of where it’s been as far as my communication with him.
The former MVP is on his 8th season with the Rockets, after arriving in Houston in the 2012 offseason from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He signed a contract extension with the team back in 2017 that it runs through the 2022-23 season. Talk of Harden’s future has been further amplified after Russell Westbrook was dealt to the Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a first-round draft pick on Wednesday.
Harden put up 34.3 points, 7.5 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Rockets to lead them in the Western Conference semifinals.