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James Harden Talked Himself Out Of A Max Deal With Houston Rockets

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 29: James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers takes a breather during a game against the Chicago Bulls on October 29, 2022 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

James Harden has been causing a lot of controversy in the NBA community since he wanted a max deal; he called out Daryl Morey for lying to him. However, his antics may finally catch up to him, with Stephen A. Smith’s reporting on First Take that a max contract was in the talks for the Houston Rockets.

James Harden’s Max Deal Is Gone

One of Smith’s sources told him that the Rockets were ready to offer their former superstar a max contract. The very thing that caused all the drama to unfold for the 10-time All-Star.

Now, the 34-year-old is unable to do anything but join training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether he’ll train with his teammates or make it worse, time will only tell.

“This is what I was told, he actually talked himself out of a max deal because he went in there talking about how he wanted to return to being that scoring champion.”

Stephen A. Smith

His consequences are catching up with teams uninterested in trading for him. Even his preferred destination, the Los Angeles Clippers, is waiting for better trading options with him. However, the talks on the max deal stopped after Harden talked about returning to his scoring champ form. Ime Udoka, the Rockets’ new head coach, shot this option down.

Smith even paraphrases the coach by claiming, “Nah. We aren’t tryna have that here. We building something a little bit different.”

The ESPN analyst even hazards to say that if Harden said something else, the Rockets would have offered him the max contract.

Fans Are Already Skeptical

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 13: James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Alperen Sengun #28 of the Houston Rockets reach for a rebound during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center on February 13, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Fans flood the comments of the video above with people questioning the reporter; they’ve been burned by his “sources” enough in the past.

Only recently, Smith caused drama by firing shots at Lonzo Ball, with his sources saying Ball couldn’t play due to his leg injuries. The Chicago Bull had to film a video to show that the reporter was wrong. However, one could argue the whole disagreement was about semantics.

Fans still caution one another to take Smith’s “sources” with a grain of salt due to his history.

Would Harden fit well with the current Rockets roster?