Rockets Are Considering Letting James Harden Sit Out ‘Until They’re Able To Move Him’

The Houston Rockets are considering letting James Harden sit out “until they’re able to move him,” ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said Wednesday on “First Take.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday night that no trade involving Harden was imminent after Harden said the Rockets are “just not good enough” to compete for an NBA championship following a loss to the Lakers.

“From what I’m being told, the Houston Rockets are strongly considering granting James Harden his request to let him sit out and not be with the team anymore until they’re able to move him,” Smith said on “First Take.”

“They haven’t made that decision yet, maybe they have made it within the hour, or maybe they’ll make it sometime today or tomorrow, but the situation has regressed to such a degree that as of right now the Houston Rockets are contemplating as to whether or not they’re going to let James Harden just stay home until they find a suitable trade in order to move him out of there.”

The Rockets would presumably want some combination of superstars and top draft picks in return for Harden, an eight-time NBA All-Star and the 2018 league MVP.

The Rockets are slated to visit the Spurs Wednesday and Saturday. Harden is averaging 24.8 points, 10.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds.

“He wants to go to Philly, that would be his No. 1 preference,” Smith said. “Brooklyn would be No. 2, but the reason why Philly is No. 1 is because Kyrie is causing problems up in Brooklyn, so Philly’s his No. 1 preference right now, that’s where we are.”

The Nets, meantime, are dealing with their own saga while Irving has missed four games and counting for “personal reasons.”