Dwight Howard, James Harden Reportedly Tried to Get Rockets to Trade Each Other

February 17th, 2016 by Joseph Zucker Leave a reply »

The partnership of Dwight Howard and James Harden hasn't delivered the success expected by the Houston Rockets since Howard's 2013 arrival, devolving to the point that both stars once reportedly tried to get the other traded.

According to NBA.com's Fran Blinebury, issues between the two extended beyond the court following a first-round playoff exit to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2013-14. Harden and Howard were angling to get the other player traded days after Damian Lillard's dagger three-pointer sent the Blazers through to the second round. Blinebury described why the two have at times made for a poor match:   

For three seasons with Harden and Howard, the Rockets have lacked leadership on the court and are not seen by opponents as a team that works hard. Both want the perks and trappings of being the big dog pulling the wagon, but neither will do the real work. Howard smiles and says everybody should keep positive thoughts. Harden shrugs his head and goes back to seeking his next 40-point game.

If there was any friction between Howard and Harden, it seemed to cease as the Rockets reached the Weste ...

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