James Harden seems to have made up his mind, and following reports that he wasn't involved in the most recent management decisions by the Rockets, the former NBA MVP wants out of Houston.
'The Beard' was set to become the first $50M a year player in league history, but guess money isn't as important as money for Harden, who seems to be ready to depart 'H-Town'.
Sources: After turning down an extension offer to become the first $50M a year player in league history, James Harden’s message to Houston is clear: Get me to Brooklyn. Rockets and Nets have been in contact, but there’s been no meaningful dialogue. https://t.co/qwJOQOxz5U— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 17, 2020
The Arizona State product is still under contract with Houston for multiple years, therefore it comes down to management if they're willing to let him go. Even if he gets traded, this would mean Brooklyn will lose all of their young core, including player like Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen.
The Rockets have done everything in their power to be title contenders, including trading for Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook in 2017 and 2019, respectively. Still, this hasn't always panned out, as Houston has failed to win the Western Conference with James as their leader.
"Harden believes his window to chase championships in Houston has ended, and constructing a super team with the Nets represents his best pathway to a title," NBA's insider Adrian Wojnarowski said.
The next NBA season is just a couple of weeks away, and it seems Harden has made up his mind of where he wants to play next season.