The Rockets superstar is firmly committed to staying in Houston.
Fans of the Houston Rockets can breathe a sigh of relief as James Harden wants to remain with the team. There was some concern about an all out tear down following the departures of Mike D’Antoni, Daryl Morey, and the news regarding Russell Westbrook. Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Wednesday that Harden is “locked in”.
This is a good sign as Houston is able to avoid a total nightmare scenario. If both Russell Westbrook and James Harden wanted out that would mean dark days are ahead for the Rockets. While there seems to be compatibly issues in regards to Harden and other star players, they are able to retain him for the time being.
With being able to keep James Harden in the fold the Rockets are still able to be competitive in the Western Conference. That being said, there are still a few things that need to be sorted out. Houston still has to figure out how to handle the situation with Russell Westbrook and how they can build a winning team after a potential trade. That is assuming the Rockets do end up trading Westbrook.
As long as James Harden is in Houston the success or failure of the Rockets will be entirely dependent on him. It has to do with his playing style and how they can get the most out of their best player. Harden is ready to go for next season and the Rockets front office will need to surround him with the right pieces in order to compete.