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James Harden Continues Travels Across the Country

As NBA training camps open up around the league, it seems that James Harden couldn’t be further from Houston at the moment, both literally and figuratively. The star guard has not reported for mandatory practices, sparking rumors that he is seeking a trade. Recent photos and video of Harden attending parties in Atlanta and Las Vegas with rapper Lil Baby have helped to fuel the rumor mill.

SportsCastr News NBA’s Keith McPherson investigates the recent rumors surrounding James Harden and the Rockets. Article courtesy of ClutchPoints NBA

SportsCastr News NBA’s Keith McPherson analyzed the evidence that Harden may want out of Houston. The Rockets have been involved in trade rumors throughout the offseason, culminating in last week’s deal with the Wizards. Houston sent guard Russell Westbrook to Washington in exchange for guard John Wall and a first-round pick.

Although John Wall has expressed his belief that Harden will soon report to Houston, SportsCastr’s Keith McPherson isn’t so sure. With forward PJ Tucker also missing practice, it seems there is discontent among some of the team’s veterans. Recent signing Christian Wood may be forced to lead the team in Harden’s absence.

Houston’s trade partner does not seem to have this issue with their new star. Russell Westbrook has reportedly been very happy in his new setting. Paired with guard Bradley Beal, the SportsCastr News NBA team expects the Wizards to make a jump in the standings after a near playoff run last year.

James Harden’s situation could have massive ramifications across the NBA. If he stays, then the Rockets will remain a playoff team. If he is indeed on the trade block, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s Nets seem like a team that would be one of the first callers. With only weeks to go before the season, James Harden’s status will be one of the NBA’s top stories.

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