NBA Rumors: Warriors Called Rockets About Potential James Harden Trade

Report: Warriors called Rockets about potential Harden trade originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

James Harden in mid-November reportedly let the Houston Rockets know that he wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets or Philadelphia 76ers.

But with NBA training camps set to open this week, Harden has not yet been shipped out of town.

What other franchises called the Rockets over the last couple of weeks to check in on a potential trade for the 2017-18 NBA MVP?

"You had several teams inquire," The Athletic's Shams Charania said Tuesday on the "Load Management" podcast. "The Warriors at one point made a call in for James Harden.

"But at the end of the day, if you don't have the requisite pieces, it's a moot point. Houston has the leverage. He's under contract for two more years."

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You might be saying to yourself right now: "Wait, what?! This actually happened?!"

But the reality is that if one of the top-10 players in the NBA lets it be known he wants to play elsewhere, why not just check in to see what the situation is?

Did Golden State make a legitimate offer? Did the call take place before or after Klay Thompson sustained a torn right Achilles tendon Nov. 18?

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We don't have any of those answers because Charania was not asked any follow-up questions specifically related to the Warriors.

"(The Rockets) made it known to teams that have had interest that they want a star-level or a high-level rotation player in a deal, possibly other young players and as many draft picks (and) pick swaps as possible," Charania said, "When you set the bar that high, it becomes unlikely that you're gonna find something that fits that price point."

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