Rockets relieved to see James Harden traded
James Harden isn’t the one one comfortable he’s out of Houston.
Harden’s former Rockets teammate, Eric Gordon, mentioned Thursday it was clear Harden “didn’t need to be right here” earlier than his commerce to the Nets.
“Clearly, you may inform from the summer season and for the reason that season began that he didn’t need to be right here,” Gordon mentioned after Houston’s shootaround on Thursday earlier than dealing with the Spurs, a sport Gordon was later dominated out for.
“For us, I feel it simply offers us an opportunity to [have] an actual course,’’ Gordon mentioned. “Everybody else on the crew can hone in and never fear about his state of affairs. We will simply transfer ahead.”
They’ll be transferring ahead with a a lot completely different look and a stash of future draft picks, courtesy of the Nets, who for the second time in lower than a decade mortgaged their future on a win-now commerce.
They shipped a package deal that included Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, three first-round picks and 4 first-round swaps to the Rockets in trade for the disgruntled Harden, who mentioned this week the crew was “simply not ok. Chemistry, talent-wise, it was clear… I like this metropolis. I actually have finished all the things that I can. I imply, this case is loopy. It’s one thing that I don’t assume could be fastened.”
That assertion helped Harden pressure his manner out of Houston and to Brooklyn, the place he’ll be reunited with former Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder teammate Kevin Durant, and be alongside Kyrie Irving.
The Rockets, in the meantime, despatched LeVert to the Indiana Pacers in trade for Victor Oladipo.
One other Rocket, DeMarcus Cousins, criticized Harden on Wednesday, saying Harden had been “disrespectful” and “fully unfair” to the crew previous to the commerce, however Gordon wasn’t as bothered by Harden’s feedback.
“For me, understanding him personally, I don’t assume he actually meant it so far as disrespecting us,” Gordon mentioned. “That’s only for me. I feel he simply needed a unique state of affairs. He’s form of proven that, and he additionally mentioned it… I don’t assume he actually meant to essentially disrespect the gamers, however he needed his manner out. And he obtained it.’’
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