The James Harden trade saga has taken a fresh turn, with his mother speaking to the media about his desire to play for a contender.
While she didn’t specifically state what team he wanted to go to, or even if he’s really going to stay away from his team for the long term, she backed her son to the hilt:
“He is doing what is best for his career. Please pay attention and understand. He has worked hard every time he suited up for his job, giving 210 percent. He asked for a chance to get a ring, that’s it. Anyone in their right mind… would want that.”
James Harden’s mother appears to confirm his Houston trade request https://t.co/QyofkTAYhh
— The Rockets Wire (@TheRocketsWire) December 7, 2020
What has James Harden been up to this offseason?
News emerged in mid-November about James Harden demanding a trade from the Rockets. It was followed by wild speculation, linking him to teams like the Sixers, Nets and even the Warriors.
Harden has yet to report to training camp with the Rockets for the upcoming 2020-21 season. There is video footage showing him partying (often indoors and without wearing a mask) in Atlanta and Las Vegas with rapper Lil Baby.
James Harden was spotted at the club again last night
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— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) December 7, 2020
Harden has assured the Rockets that he will report soon, there’s no clarity on exactly when that will be. Even if or when he does report, he will be limited to individual workouts for several days and won’t be part of group practices, owing to the NBA’s new COVID-19 protocols.