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“I will report to practice soon’: James Harden misses two practice sessions with Rockets to party with Lil Baby

Samir Mehdi

“I will report to practice soon’: James Harden misses two practice sessions with Rockets to party with Lil Baby

James Harden didn’t show up to practice with the Houston Rockets and also missed out on his individual training session.

The Houston Rockets have had one of the most confusing offseasons of any team in recent memory.

They acquired Christian Wood on a good contract and signed DeMarcus Cousins, but then let go of Russell Westbrook and took on John Wall. Wall has not hit the NBA hardwood for 2 years, and he’s coming off an Achilles tear.

To top it all off, Harden has made it clear that he wants out of Houston, and preferably land on the Nets. He even rejected a contract extension from the Rockets that would’ve gotten him $50 million per year

Also Read: “James Harden prefers John Wall over Russell Westbrook?”: Rockets superstar fancies former Wizards star as running mate

With all these factors in play, Harden seems to have had enough.

James Harden does not report to the first day of training camp

The 2018 NBA MVP has been in the tabloids quite often, and not always for basketball reasons. He was spotted at a strip club with rapper Lil Baby last week.

This isn’t the first time Lil Baby and the 2018 MVP have linked up as they both celebrated each other’s birthdays together these past 2 months.

It is very likely that Harden missed the first day of training camp due to him partying with Lil Baby the night prior.

He was scheduled to show up alongside PJ Tucker to an individual workout too, but he missed that one as well.

Are these clear signs that the Beard wants out of Houston?

The clearest sign that the Beard wants to be traded away from the Rockets was the moment when he asked the Rockets front office to trade him.

Also Read: ‘James Harden is angling for a trade to the Nets’: Rockets superstar spotted partying with Lil Baby in Las Vegas

The Rockets however, are adamant on seeing how the John Wall-James Harden tandem works. It is also very difficult to find a trade package that would equal what James Harden is worth.

As Bill Simmons says, “James Harden is a walking playoff berth.”

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi


Samir Mehdi is a senior strategist for the NBA division at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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