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James Harden says the Rockets are “just not good enough” to compete for an NBA championship, but no trade involving the Houston star is imminent, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Following Houston’s 117-100 home loss to the reigning NBA champion Lakers on Tuesday, Harden came as close to demanding a trade as he has yet this season, saying the Rockets are “just not good enough … I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It’s something that I don’t think can be fixed.”
Harden scored 16 points in the loss, marking the first time since 2012 he has gone four straight games without scoring 20 points.
Harden is still owed $132 million over the next two years, and no trade is imminent. He has been linked to various teams, including Brooklyn and Philadelphia.
Last month, Jalen Rose said the rumors surrounding Harden could “wreck” the Nets locker room.
“As long as the Harden trade speculation is hanging over the Nets and the Sixers, I think