Harden also won the MVP title in 2018 and has a record of 8- times All-Star victor and a 6-times All NBA First Team honors victor. It all started when Russell Westbrook was traded to the Washington Wizards for John Wall. In fact, two new teams have made the cut, including the Milwaukee Bucks and the Miami Heat.
Fast forward 18 months and the 32-year old is back from the Achilles' tendon injury and will face the Warriors on the opening night of the 2020-21 season wearing the Brooklyn Nets' jersey.
Despite the pressure Harden's put on the Rockets to trade him, Houston has held steady in their plans to keep the three-time scoring champion and compete in the Western Conference. He had sought to be sent to Brooklyn but the Rockets found no interest from the Nets in such a deal.
With his future in Houston uncertain, it appears as though Harden will at least start the season with the Rockets.
Harden won the league's MVP award during the 2017-18 season and would immediately make the Heat one of the favorites for this year's National Basketball Association title.
Silas said on Monday that "there is no timetable" for Harden's return, calling his absence "a setback". He turned down a two-year, $103 million extension in mid-November. "Daryl pulled the ripcord because he knew Harden was going to pull the ripcord".
After it was clear there was no traction in talks with the Nets, Harden expressed to the Rockets that he would be agreeable if a trade with the 76ers materialized, sources said.
It's unclear whether Harden will join the rest of the team on the road for the Rockets' preseason opener on Friday at Chicago. "I've got to actually learn how to play basketball and how to have skill".