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This isn’t James Harden’s first trade ultimatum to Rockets

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The Houston Rockets currently find themselves in a shaky situation with the uncertainties that surround James Harden’s commitment to the team. He still hasn’t shown signs of reporting to team practices and it has already casted worries and doubt especially on the newly-instated head coach in Stephen Silas.

The tactician also admitted that he doesn’t hold all the answers to the situation especially with his star player nowhere to be found as of late.

“There is no timetable as far as I know, and it is a setback,” Silas said via Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “You want your best player to be here and there’s a short window.”

His absence from practices most likely stemmed from his frustrations with the team not being able to assemble championship-caliber rosters in recent years. The 2018 NBA MVP might also believe that the best way to achieve that goal is to relocate to the Brooklyn Nets and join forces with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Apparently, it turned out that it wasn’t Harden’s first trade request sent to the team’s front office. The eight-time All-Star previously demanded for another playmaker after the Rockets were bounced out off the 2017 NBA Playoffs by way of a 4-2 series loss in the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

The following season saw the Rockets bring in Chris Paul via a blockbuster trade from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for multiple players headlined by Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, and Lou Williams, among other assets.

It was another campaign that went down the drain even with a veteran stabilizer in Paul already at the helm. The Rockets found themselves on the losing end of a Game 7 loss against the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the 2018 Western Conference Finals.

A season later, it was followed by another sorry loss in the playoffs when the Rockets succumbed to the Warriors in the Western Conference Semi-Finals in six games.

Harden demanded the same thing from the Rockets’ front office which was “commit to building a championship team or trade me” via The Athletic. The team responded to the request by acquiring his old pal in Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Paul and multiple draft considerations.

Their campaign didn’t get better either with Westbrook on their corner after they were stopped on their tracks by eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semi-Finals in five games.

With Harden’s belief in the Rockets already tainted, the following weeks will see whether or not both sides will be able to reconcile and work together to reach a common goal in the upcoming season.

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