The moves to shelve the 31-year-old Harden comes in the aftermath of Harden's rant Tuesday night after the Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 117-100, to drop to 3-6 on the season. "It's something that I don't think can be fixed", Harden said after the game.
First-year head coach Stephen Silas has been at the helm of the Rockets and has worked diligently to try to navigate the precarious situation. This situation, it's insane. "Chemistry, talent-wise, just everything, and it was clear these last few games".More news: Navalny announces return to Russian Federation despite legal threats
The Rockets are 3-6 on the season, second-to-last in the Western Conference and coming off two straight losses to the defending champion Lakers.
Harden made it clear to owner Tilman Fertitta before the season that he did not believe in the franchise's direction and ability to contend and preferred to be traded to a team that was in a better position to win, sources said. "So, I don't have a good answer for you on that one, hopefully within the next little while I'll have a better answer for you".More news: Intel replaces its chief executive Bob Swan after 2 years
He's averaged at least 25 points per game in each of his eight full seasons with the Rockets, but he has never been able to get the team, which hasn't won a title since winning two straight in 1994-95, past the Western Conference finals. "Can't lie about that", Wall said regarding how things have been going with him and Harden as a duo. "That's all I really could say". Wall and Harden haven't meshed, the Rockets haven't defended well, and also are struggling from the outside. "He wants to go to Philly from what I'm being told even more so than Brooklyn". "But when you have certain guys in the mix that don't want to buy in all as one, it's going to be hard to do anything special or anything good as a basketball team".
"We can't dwell down on it because it's only been nine games". Come on man, you want to jump off a cliff after nine games.More news: Ontario adds 2961 new COVID-19 cases
"My interest is to play with John Wall, to be brutally honest, " offseason acquisition DeMarcus Cousins told the media, including The Athletic's Sam Amick.