Let's examine why James Harden may not be happy with the Rockets
On Wednesday afternoon, the President of Basketball Operations of the Philadelphia 76ers, Daryl Morey, announced that they will pursue James Harden in the trade market. Although there is excitement around Stephen Silas as the Houston Rockets' next head coach, Harden voted for John Lucas and Tyrone Lue to get the job. There are certain reports that Harden could be unhappy with the decision and getting neither coach that he asked for.
Let’s all hope James Harden will be open to giving Stephen Silas a chance to prove himself 🤞 https://t.co/Q8yKBLDQcp— Rockets Nation (@Rockets Nation) 1604461362.0
Hopefully, Harden is supportive of Rafael Stone and Tilman Fertitta's decision on hiring Silas as the new head coach. If Harden is not, the trade speculations could become true, but would he go to the 76ers? In a brighter conclusion, the Rockets' organization is intelligent enough to not trade Harden for Ben Simmons.
The Rockets' front office is very aware of Harden's talent and the effect it can have on their backcourt. Having Russell Westbrook and Simmons in the same backcourt could hurt the Rockets' shooting efforts throughout the season. Hopefully, the Rockets' front office, Silas, and Harden can make it work.
"Morey being interested in Harden isn't really news. It's not news that you're interested in Rihanna. The news is i… https://t.co/pUZkwlZ3cf— First Things First (@First Things First) 1604512241.0
For eight years, Harden was able to get his way when it came to coaches and players with the Rockets. Morey took good care of Harden because of his stardom and iconic ways on the court. Harden was able to convince Morey to trade Chris Paul for Westbrook, including becoming an advocate for Mike D'Antoni to stay with the Rockets.
But will Stone and Fertitta cater to Harden after not choosing the coach he likes? Honestly, yes because according to one source, Fertitta wanted Jeff Van Gandy to take the head coaching mantle, but Westbrook and Harden disagreed with that decision. And now as of Wednesday evening, the Rockets are finalizing a deal with Lucas to become an assistant coach underneath Silas. Even though the Rockets passed on Lucas to become the next head coach, they still may have wanted to satisfy Harden by making Lucas an assistant coach. Silas is known to get along with superstar players like Luka Doncic, Steph Curry, and Kemba Walker, which he built great relationships with.
The @HoustonRockets won this hire. Stephen Silas ran the Mavs offense. I’m told he blew the Rockets brass away with… https://t.co/YJZQrB8uXi— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) 1603932082.0
Hopefully, Harden and Silas are on the same page this upcoming season, as both are geniuses on the offensive side of the court. In theory, Harden and Silas can become useful to each other throughout the season and moving forward.