James Harden and Dwight Howard have been known to clash a little, but the truth is slowly unfolding on how bad the feud has become. This season, for the Rockets, has not been the best and we can tell that from their record. The coach was fired, Dwight on the trade block, and mediocre basketball were all things that led to this:
“This is the team that they go out there and compete with, so [star players] should have some kind of say-so,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “Obviously, the owners and the general managers and those guys have the final decision, but the star player should have some kind of input.
“If you’re the star player and you’re going out there trying to lead that team every single night,” Harden said, “I think that should be the case.
Multiple league sources told CBS Sports that Harden pushed management to dump McHale, and has since angled for the Rockets to trade Howard. Rockets GM Daryl Morey delivered on the first demand, but was unable to find a suitable deal for Howard at the trade deadline this month.
“It’s really bad for the locker room dynamic,” a person familiar with the situation told CBS Sports. “If everybody knows that James Harden can fire you or trade you, are you going to pass the ball to Dwight or are you going to pass the ball to James Harden?”
Will Dwight be moved in the off-season? No one knows, but we can be certain that things might shake up for the Rockets in the Summer.