Head coach Steve Nash denies James Harden is unhappy with the Brooklyn Nets



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Head coach Steve Nash denies James Harden is unhappy with the Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash has made it clear the Nets do not plan to trade James Harden before this year's trade deadline. In recent weeks, several reports suggested Harden is unhappy in Brooklyn. Harden is one of the best players in the league and a list ot potential suitors for his services would be long.

On Sunday, Nets head coach Nash made it clear there won't be any trades that include Harden. "Yes," Nash said, according to ESPN. "That's correct." The Nets suffered their eighth consecutive defeat on Sunday after losing to the Denver Nuggest.

Nets head coach Nash insists Harden wants to be in Brooklyn. "I've talked to James; he wants to be here," Nash said. "He wants to be here long term as well, so I don't think anything's changed other than noise from the outside.

James wants to be here, we're building with James and we think we have the best chance to win with James. I don't think anything's changed on the inside, in our locker room, in our communication, it's just all the noise from the [outside]."

'Harden really wants to play with the Nets'

"This has been a constant thing since the summer," Nash added. "He's continually reiterated that he wants to be here. And we've continually said that we want him here and that that's our best chance to win so nothing's changed from the communication that we've had."

"The scan is pretty good," Nash said. "But there's a tightness and a strength deficit, so for us we just don't want to take any chances. We know last year we lost him for an extended period; we want to be conservative and make sure he resumes full strength so that there isn't an extended absence."

Harden missed the Nuggest game due to a left hamstring tightnes "It's day-to-day," Nash said. "It's a matter of does that strength get back to where we feel confident and he feels confident that we're not risking anything.

That's what we're dealing with right now." The Nets have been playing without Kevin Durant and Joe Harris for quite some time. "You're talking about some pretty great players that are out of the lineup," Nash said.

"This roster's built on talent. Rosters are built on talent. And so getting some talent back will definitely help add reinforcements. Everyone can go back to their more natural roles. It's an incremental leap, I think, in our ability to execute."