KEY POINTS

  • The Golden State Warriors reportedly explored options for James Harden
  • The Warriors lack assets to get Harden
  • The Brooklyn Nets are still seen as a plausible landing spot for Harden

The fate of James Harden remains up in the air, but the Brooklyn Nets appear to be his next stop.

There has been little progress on the matter with the Houston Rockets hardly touching the matter.

However, the Rockets are getting inquiries on the availability of the 31-year-old guard. Surprisingly, one of those teams is the Golden State Warriors.

Shams Charania of The Athletic revealed on the “Load Management” podcast that the Dubs “at one point” made a call for Harden.

While it would have been a blockbuster deal, the reality is that the Dubs lack the right assets to get a deal done. Right now, Golden State may not have that luxury.

They could offer some of their players for the 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player to offset the salary difference. A name that comes to mind is Andrew Wiggins plus some other players in the mix and future assets. But would this be enough to sway a trade?

It would be best to note that this is nothing more than possibly seeing the Warriors trying to find out what it would take to get Harden to the Bay Area. This is despite the reality that they don’t have the resources right now.

However, there are questions on the horizon. Was this inquiry done before or after Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending injury? Also, did the Dub even make a legitimate offer to the Rockets?

Though it is interesting, the Warriors may have just tried out of curiosity. Seeing Harden possibly playing alongside Stephen Curry and Draymond Green next season would have been something special. But that will be nothing more than wishful thinking for now.

Harden is bound to join a franchise that can give the Rockets a fair trade. The Nets and Philadelphia 76ers appear to be in hot pursuit of the "Bearded One." But of the two, the former seems to be within reach.

Rockets owner Tillman Fertita does not have any plans to deal off Harden to the Sixers, particularly because of new Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey.

It is likely that both parties did not part ways on good terms, hinting that seeing the eight-time All-Star moving to Philly is moot and academic.

Unless Harden changes his mind, the Rockets are headed for another rebuilding row.

Aside from the three-time scoring champion, Russell Westbrook also wants out of Houston. Like Harden, that has made little to no progress too.

James Harden Houston Rockets James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images