The James Harden-to-Brooklyn talk just won’t go away.
But Nets coach Steve Nash insists he’s not a part of it.
General manager Sean Marks has made it a point to say the organization works in a collaborative fashion, but when Nash was asked what kind of talks he had with his boss about possibly trading for Harden, he claimed he hasn’t had any.
“I haven’t had any conversations about him,” Nash said before Friday’s Christmas Day rout of Boston at TD Garden. “So, you know, we definitely work in close proximity. I haven’t any conversations or any alerts, so maybe that says it all.”
Harden has made it clear he not only wants out of Houston, but would prefer Brooklyn as a destination. The Nets are among the teams to have had recent trade discussions with the Rockets, and ESPN reported that Houston is still trying to find a third team to help facilitate the deal by providing the young star Brooklyn lacks.
With Houston less than enthralled by what Brooklyn can offer (Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, etc.) — and the Nets having looked so sharp they don’t have to cave to extortionate demands — Harden seems to realize his first choice may not be readily available. He has reportedly added the Bucks, Heat, Trail Blazers and Friday’s foe Boston to his list, according to The Athletic.
Brooklyn doesn’t have any interest in trading Kyrie Irving for Harden, and there is no indication the Rockets are even interested in the All-Star point guard, who has started the season in red-hot form.
Whether the Nets are trying to get their price or genuinely looking to stand pat and let it ride with their current roster, Nash was coy about any potential involvement in talks for the three-time NBA scoring champion.
“We’re excited with the players we have. We’re looking forward every day to trying to get better. For me it’s just been a blast, learning a lot and enjoy working with our guys,” Nash said. “No one’s conferred with me about the possibilities.”