James Harden wants trade from Rockets because of Stephen Silas hire

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The relationship between James Harden and the Rockets doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the Russell Westbrook trade or any player moves.

“The Beard” hated the hire of new coach Stephen Silas, USA Today reports. The two have had no communication during the abbreviated offseason in which general manager Daryl Morey went to the 76ers, the team parted ways with coach Mike D’Antoni – who is now with the Nets as an assistant coach – and Westbrook went to the Wizards. Rafael Stone took over as the team’s GM.

“James Harden, I have all the respect in the world for,” Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta told CNBC. “James Harden wants to win a ring during his period as a basketball player. I think that’s wonderful that he’s going to do it, and hopefully he’ll do it with the Houston Rockets.”

Harden, a 31-year-old, eight-time All-Star, has not practiced with the Rockets and is reportedly looking to be traded. The Athletic reported Thursday that the Bucks and Heat have joined the Nets and 76ers as Harden’s preferred trade destinations. Harden, who can’t practice until at least Monday because of COVID-19 testing protocol, finally reported to training camp on Tuesday and had a brief communication with Silas.

“I said hello to him,” the first-year coach said.

At the outset of the coaching search, Harden was reportedly asked for his input, and Silas was not one of his preferred choices. That seems to be obvious now.

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