By Jerry Wein
Houston Rockets star James Harden still wants to be traded.
And new Sixers boss Daryl Morey would be interested.
Or so we have been led to believe.
On the record, Morey — who came to Philly on Nov. 2 after 13 years leading the Rockets — swears Ben Simmons is not being dealt.
Can we believe him?
Evidently, the Rockets are skeptical.
Morey “accidentally” posted an anniversary tweet commemorating the Harden trade that landed him in Houston back in 2012. While Morey was fined by the league due to what was considered violating the tampering policy, it hasn’t helped smooth things over for Houston.
From ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
“The Rockets were pissed off about it,” said Windhorst in regards to Morey’s ill-timed tweet while appearing on ESPN’s “The Jump”. “And rightly so. The league slaps him for it. …There’s a lot of tension there.”
Windhorst also went on to report that though the Rockets are sour about Morey’s recent antics, there’s still been some talks and trades scenarios exchanged between the 76ers and the Rockets, though nothing that could bring about an immediate deal.
“There have been offers swapped between the teams, and they’re not satisfactory right now. …If I had to make a wager on which team had the most likely chance of landing James Harden, I would say it would be the Sixers eventually.”