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Making sense of Houston Astros GM situation, free agency moves

ESPN Houston's John Granato and Lance Zierlein react to the Astros moving on from GM James Click, discuss some of Click's reported dealings that underwhelmed owner Jim Crane, and question if the Rafael Montero signing means Justin Verlander won't be returning to Houston.

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James Harden returned to Houston Monday night and lost to the Rockets in double overtime. After the game, Harden complimented the maturation of the Rockets young players, and had some nice things to say about Houston.

Harden has a player option and can opt out after the season, which has some Rockets fans wondering if he would consider returning to Houston and taking over as the team's primary ball handler.

Plus, Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has said he wouldn't rule out Harden returning at some point.

Be sure to watch the video above as we break down all the angles involving a potential fit for James Harden with Houston's young core of players, and much more.

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