Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas didn't give a direct answer when asked about the commitment of James Harden to the team but revealed that he had a good and positive conversation with the 2018 NBA MVP. This free agency, it was reported that Harden wanted out of Houston because he felt his window for winning an NBA Championship with the Rockets was closed and he listed the Brooklyn Nets as the team where he wanted to be traded.
The Rockets didn't go out and made a deal with the Nets, hoping Harden would have a change of feelings, but the eighth-time NBA All Star then missed the start of training camp. Harden, who was spotted partying in Las Vegas, had to have six negative coronavirus tests before being allowed to train with the team and play in preseason games.
Harden has reportedly added the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers on his preferred teams list. "You can ask him about his commitment and all that sort of thing," Silas said, per ESPN. "But we had a good conversation.
He was locked in. He was asking good questions. He was bringing up good points. We had a good discussion."
Silas didn't reveal too much about Harden
When asked about the topic of the conversation, Silas said they simply talked basketball and acknowledged to ask Harden for more information.
"We talked basketball," Silas said. "I'm a basketball coach, and he's a basketball player. We talked hoop today. As far as his commitment to what we're doing basketball-wise, he was right there. As far as the rumors and all the other stuff I can't speak to, again, that's another question you'll have to ask of him."
Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, who is in the final year of his four-year, $32 million deal, was frustrated over not receiving a contract extension this offseason. "It's not even just getting a contract extension," Tucker claimef.
"That's not the total goal. The goal is to be in a place where you're wanted. You want to be with who wants you. I think that's what every player wants. Nobody wants to be somewhere that doesn't want them. And there's certain ways to show that, and it's not just contract extensions."
Meanwhile, Rockets coach Silas announced that Harden would suit up for the team in Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. On Monday night, the Rockets suffered a 104-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls.