The Houston Rockets are planning to keep James Harden away from the team until they can complete a trade involving the disgruntled star, sources tell Ramona Shelburne and Adrian Wojnarowski.
Houston’s front office is currently weighing the best final trade offers from the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell Shelburne and Wojnarowski.
Rockets coach Stephen Silas told reporters that Harden would not be at Wednesday’s practice, one day after the former league MVP said the team is “just not good enough” following a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“We felt that it was best for the group and best for James not to come to practice,” Silas said.
The Rockets’ trade talks with the Nets and Sixers had gathered momentum in recent days — even before Harden’s comments Tuesday night, sources told Shelburne and Wojnarowski.