Creator: Kim Klement | Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Copyright: Kim Klement James Harden

What will be James Harden’s Destiny?

“James Harden and Russell Westbrook have expressed concerns about uncertainty of Rockets’ immediate future, sources told @wojespn and me…”

– Tim MacMahon, NBA Reporter

The destiny of James Harden is the biggest anxiety for NBA Fans

The 31 years old shooting-guard has revolutionized social media about what team he is going to play for the next season.  Due to his actual contract in 2020-21, James Harden is scheduled to make $41,254,920. He’ll make $44,310,840 in 2021-22 and has a player option worth $47,366,760 for the 2022-23 season.  He has the biggest contract in NBA history.

Weeks ago, reports were leaking saying Harden sees Brooklyn and Philadelphia as desired trade destinations. With the Nets, Harden would reunite with former teammate Kevin Durant and join Kyrie Irving, while with the 76ers, it’d be former Houston general manager Daryl Morey trading for Harden after joining the Philadelphia front office.

Creator: Kim Klement | Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Copyright: Kim Klement James Harden
Sep 2, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts after a play against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of game seven of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

When this rumor started, Houston denied it.  Houston said Harden and Westbrook would be in the 2020-2021 season with the team.

Now Rockets said if they decide to talks about trades on Harden the exchange has to be enormous.  We are talking about quality return of players, draft picks, and pick swaps.  It’s not a surprise since we all know the value of James Harden.  In case the trade is with the Nets, it would be expected Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and several more intriguing young players.

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The news does not get well for the Rockets, since days ago Russell Westbrook told that he does not want to continue with Houston for the next season.  This situation puts Houston in a not very good state as a team.

As recent as yesterday, the latest news about the 2017-2018 MVP is that the Rockets star turned down an offer from the Houston team that was going to make him the first player in NBA history to earn $ 50 million a year.

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“The Beard” ended the season averaging 34.3 points, 6.6 points, and 7.5 assists.  In his 11th season, the shooting-guard has not won a championship in the NBA.  Fans are very sure that he is forcing a trade to finally win a ring in the league.

Should James Harden be faithful to the Houston Rockets and help them win?  Or should he risk it all for the precious trophy?

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