The Houston Rockets suffered another tough loss on Tuesday, falling to the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-100, in the Toyota Center. Rockets superstar James Harden was clearly unhappy with the loss, which prompted some controversy-inducing comments from the former MVP after the game.
With trade talks dying down a bit of late, Harden appears to be doing his best to make it abundantly clear that his feelings about leaving Houston have not changed one bit:
“[We’re] just not good enough … I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
James Harden on the current Rockets 😳pic.twitter.com/F0yY5EipD6
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) January 13, 2021
Harden is pretty much saying that he’s done. In so many words, Harden seems to be implying that the only thing that can resolve the current predicament the Rockets are in is if they take on a fresh start — without him.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided some more insight on the Harden trade talks:
James Harden’s aware that the Rockets are continuing to discuss trade scenarios with teams, although no deal is imminent, sources tell ESPN. Houston’s asking price remains steep, as you’d expect it would for a player of Harden’s caliber. https://t.co/I4RuHgzcvU
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 13, 2021
It is clear that at this point, the Rockets continue to play hardball in terms of finding a suitable trade partner for Harden. There have been a few teams that have shown some serious interest in the 31-year-old, but as Woj said in his report, Houston seems to be pricing themselves out of any potential deal.
This appears to have been a desperate tactic from the Rockets front office to try and force Harden to remain with the squad. They are pretty much holding him hostage against his will. Perhaps they’re hoping that over time their want-away superstar somehow has a change of heart.
Based on his statement above, however, it is clear that Harden remains adamant about his desire to jump ship sooner rather than later.