Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins reports that James Harden and Russell Westbrook are unhappy with the Rockets.
The Houston Rockets have had an eventful offseason. They parted ways with their Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. Their GM since 2007 – Daryl Morey – is now with the Sixers.
There have been a lot of speculations about the Rockets’ stars being unhappy with the appointment of Stephen Silas as their new head coach. There have been rumors about Daryl Morey trying to steal Harden away from the Rockets. And there have been a plethora of rumors about possible trade locations for Russell Westbrook after he handed in a trade request last night.
“James Harden has not been answering his phone for 2 weeks”: Kendrick Perkins
On the latest episode of The JUMP on ESPN, Kendrick Perkins reveals that the two Rockets stars are not happy with their management right now.
Big Perk revealed that James Harden has been ignoring the Rockets’ owners’ calls for the past 2 weeks. Kendrick Perkins is a good friend of both James Harden and Russell Westbrook from their time together in OKC and thus would know what is going on their lives.
“James Harden has not been answering the phone for ownership or the front office for about 2 weeks now. Russell Westbrook is not happy.”
Kendrick Perkins says there’s trouble brewing with the Houston Rockets.pic.twitter.com/m0oAzGqXRl
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James Harden is still owed $131.5 million over the 3 years he has still left with the Rockets. Russell Westbrook also has 3 years, $131.5 million left on his contract. It would be an interesting thing to see how the Rockets handle things with their stars.
While Westbrook has already handed in a trade request, Harden is unclear about his future, as he isn’t convinced about the franchise’s vision. With Harden being in his early 30s, he doesn’t have a lot of years to mess around with, and hence needs a lot of assurance from the Rockets front office that he’ll be provided with the tools to compete for a championship.
Stephen Silas in his interview with Stephen A. Smith said that Harden was their guy. That means there is little to no chance that they would let Harden go anywhere before his contract runs up, but nothing of a similar sort can be said about Russ.
There have been trade rumors regarding Westbrook ever since the Bubble Season concluded. It would be interesting to see how things go with the former MVP.