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The Houston Rockets feel no pressure to trade James Harden or Russell Westbrook, regardless of the superstars’ strong desire for fresh starts with different franchises, and are “willing to get uncomfortable” as training camp opens and the season begins, sources told ESPN.
The Rockets’ front office, led by recently promoted general manager Rafael Stone, remains adamant that neither player will be traded unless a team meets the asking price.
The Rockets have no issue with going into training camp and the start of the season with Harden and Westbrook on the roster, even if the superstars are unhappy with the situation.
A source confirmed that the Rockets and Washington Wizards have discussed a Westbrook-for-John Wall deal, as first reported by The Athletic, but Houston wants assets in addition to Wall, a former All-Star point guard who is coming off a ruptured Achilles tendon.
The Rockets consider time to be on their side, given that both superstars are under contract for at least two more seasons. Harden and Westbrook each have $133 million over three years — including player options in the final season — remaining on their contracts.
The Rockets are demanding an