Philadelphia is expected to be among the teams pursuing Rockets star James Harden, according to Stadium’s Shams Charania. Morey traded for Harden in 2012 as Houston’s general manager and built a strong bond with “The Beard,” so the connection doesn’t come as a surprise. When you break down what Charania said, it basically comes down to this: “Team A is interested in acquiring one of the best players in the NBA. Team B does not want to give Team A that player.” Not as exciting, huh?
There has also been previous reporting declaring the Rockets have already shut down any ideas about swapping Harden for Simmons, and team owner Tilman Fertitta has publicly stated he has no intention of blowing up the roster.
Morey is the kind of executive who will examine every possible option to improve his team’s title odds, no matter how ridiculous it sounds on the surface.