But Harden looks out of shape and out of sorts in 2020-21 amid links to the likes of the 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.
"We're just not good enough - chemistry, talent-wise, just everything". Houston's commentators finally said something last night, joking, "If we wanna talk about some aesthetics, James Harden definitely had a pre-game meal, averaging 17-points per game-".
Additionally, the Rockets as a team have struggled.
The Rockets are 3-6 on the season, second-to-last in the Western Conference and coming off two straight losses to the defending champion Lakers.
As James Harden puts the full-court press on the Rockets to get out of Houston, it appears that he may be looking for a one-ticket to Philadelphia.
"[We're] just not good enough..."
The Rockets star walked out of his postgame news conference, not before telling the media: "I love this city. 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 determined to remain patient until their asking price for the 2018 NBA MVP is met, sources told ESPN. There's been very few situations like this in National Basketball Association history in which a player makes a statement like this on video. "And it was clear these last two games". Rockets point guard John Wall, who arrived in a trade for Russell Westbrook just before the start of training camp, noted that players concerned about personal agendas can bring down a team.
"I think it's been a little rocky, can't lie about that", Wall said when asked about the fit with Harden after nine games.