Are the Nets and James Harden headed for a split?
Harden's looming free agency has sparked trade rumors ahead of the NBA's deadline, but according to a new report, a midseason deal is off the table.
That's because the Nets won't be listening to offers for Harden prior to the deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Brooklyn's ownership and front office is committed to the superstar trio of Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving, and Harden apparently is committed and believes they can win together, the report said.
The report comes after a series of recent headlines indicating Harden was something less than happy on the Nets, perhaps because of Irving's vaccination status and coach Steve Nash's rotations. Harden later conceded he was "frustrated."
The Sixers, one of the teams rumored to be interested in Harden, were yet to make a trade offer to the Nets involving Harden, per Woj. Sixers president Daryl Morey, a former Rockets executive, was responsible for bringing Harden to Houston.
Harden's future plans are increasingly the subject of scrutiny, after he and the Nets did not reach an extension during the offseason. The Nets acquired the nine-time All-Star in a four-team blockbuster in January 2021, and have said re-signing Harden remains a priority.
The 32-year-old Harden has a $47.4 player option for 2022-23, so he could push off his free agency by one year; opt in and then sign a long-term extension; or even work out a sign-and-trade, according to Wojnarowski.