“I wouldn’t move Harden,” one Eastern Conference general managertold HoopsHype. “He’s still so good, and they’re too old right now to just start a rebuild unless you’re getting a Jayson Tatum or Luka Doncic to rebuild around. I’d probably run it back in some shape or form, especially with next year being a compressed time period. I would keep all options open, but I wouldn’t be selling Harden just to the highest bidder. In the last two years, they easily could have won it all, so I don’t think it’s fair to panic yet if they lose. Now, if there’s a great deal out there, that’s a different story, but I still think it’s worth riding out one more year. If Westbrook is tradable, get it done.”
Hanging over all of this is Harden’s future. Nobody is talking about this yet, but Harden can become a free agent at the end of 2021-22. Paired with an aging, asset-free roster and an owner unwilling to spend on better help, when does he start looking at greener pastures? And if the Rockets are stuck with a dim future roster-wise, isn’t cashing in their Harden stock about the only way out?
February 5, 2023 | 7:31 pm EST Update
Adam Spolane: Rockets list Garrison Mathews questionable to play against the Kings tomorrow night with left big toe soreness, and Kevin Porter Jr will miss his 13th straight. No one else is on the injury report
Nets Daily: Trade will generate two trade exceptions for Nets, one of $5 million, another of $1.8 million that they can use at any point in next year. Trade also saves Joe Tsai $18.8 million in luxury taxes, dropping the bill from $108 million to $80 million barring any subsequent moves.
February 5, 2023 | 6:27 pm EST Update
Golden State Warriors PR: Warriors assign Patrick Baldwin Jr. to Santa Cruz: pic.twitter.com/FIPZkIXtwN