Stephen Silas, the Houston Rockets first year coach, said he had a “good conversation” with James Harden before the first all-star practice of the season on Monday, but they didn’t discuss Harden’s reported desire to be traded.
“You can ask him about his involvement and all of those things,” said Silas, who was not on a regular basis with Harden, and recently said he gave “space” to the face of the franchise as he pondered his future. “But we had a good conversation. He was locked up. He asked good questions. He made good points. We had a good discussion.”
Questions to Harden will have to wait as he decided not to speak to the media on Monday. Silas said Harden is slated to play the San Antonio Spurs in Tuesday’s preseason game. Harden, who sources said has filed to trade with the Brooklyn Nets or another contender, checked in late at training camp and wasn’t released to practice until Monday after testing negative for the coronavirus for six consecutive days.
Silas said the topic of his conversation with Harden was limited to basketball strategy.
“We talked about basketball,” said Silas. “I’m a basketball coach and he’s a basketball player. We talked about Hoop today. For his commitment to what we do about basketball, he’s been right there. As for the rumors and all the other things that I have.” I can’t speak, that’s another question you have to ask him. “
Forward / Middle PJ Tucker also participated in light training on Monday after failing to take a weekend trip to Chicago for the Rockets’ first two preseason games. He said he was dealing with a tense calf. Tucker, who matured $ 8 million in the final season of a four-year contract for $ 32 million, is frustrated that he didn’t get a contract extension from the Rockets.
“It’s not even just a renewal,” said Tucker, 35, an indispensable role-player who never missed a game during his three-year tenure in Houston. “That’s not the overall goal. The goal is to be in a place that you’re wanted. You want to be with whoever wants you. I think every gamer wants that. Nobody wants to be in a place who doesn’t want her. ” And there are certain ways to show that, and it’s not just contract renewals. “
When asked how he would feel about staying with the Rockets if he didn’t get a renewal, Tucker said, “I’ll do my job.”