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James Harden and Rockets are out of patience. Will Danny Ainge make a move?

If you ever wonder about uncertain times in the history of the NBA, you are in it! The NBA has become a players League, and dissatisfaction and wanderlust abound. Star players are constantly seeking greener pastures, even while COVID-19 continues to ravage the League landscape, James Harden is the latest, and loudest, malcontent of late.


Harden came into the season out of shape and out of patience. Despite having superstar status,  the 2018 MVP and 8-time All-Star lacks a Championship ring. He is 31 years old, and his performance on the court thus far this season has been lackluster. The Rockets are currently seeking a high price for his services, but that may change soon. Houston can't afford to continue on this path.

Would Danny Ainge even consider taking on the aging, out-of-shape malcontent and his huge salary? Don't rule it out. The Rockets at this juncture won't consider The Beard's preferences in any deal, mainly because he din't consider theirs. The team will deal him to the highest bidder.

First of all, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart are out of any negotiation with Houston - in my opinion. That leaves Kemba Walker having to be involved to begin matching salaries. Saying goodbye to several promising youngsters and future draft picks would also be in the cards.

And nothing happens unless Houston's asking price for Harden drops considerably. And never forget that this NBA season remains in jeopardy, with a chance it could halt completely, and any trade for Harden would mean him debuting for Boston in the 2021-22 season at the age of 32.

This scenario is a long shot by any standards, but Danny Ainge is a gambler. A fit, healthy and happy Beard this season and next - alongside Tatum, Brown and Smart would be close to omnipotent, on both ends of the court. Don't dismiss the idea.



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