3 potential James Harden suitors not named the Clippers

James Harden (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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Jabari Smith Jr., James Harden (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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James Harden has expressed interest in being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers but here are three other teams that will suit him very well. 

James Harden has been one of the best players in the NBA since 2013. In that time he was the 2018 MVP, a 10-time All-Star, seven-time All-NBA member, a three-time scoring champion, a two-time assist champion and a member of the 75th Anniversary team. The only thing that is missing from James Harden’s legacy is a championship.

Harden has now played for four teams in the league, the Thunder, Rockets, Nets, and 76ers. Every single team he has played for has been in championship contention but has come up short every single time.

Harden is now interested in leaving the 76ers and his top team is reportedly the Los Angeles Clippers. Here are three other teams that could be great suitors for Harden.

No. 3 potential suitor for James Harden: Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets are a team that Harden is very familiar with. He has played the majority of his career with the Rockets where he won an MVP, three scoring titles, one assist title, and made the Western Conference Finals twice.

Last season the Rockets finished with one of the worst records in the league at 22-60. In the draft they got Amen Thompson and Cam Whitmore and then in free agency they signed Fred Vanvleet, Dillion Brooks, Jeff Green, Aaron Holiday, and Jock Landale.

Based off of these moves the Rockets are indicating a few things, the first being they are trying to make a play-in push. The second is, with all of their young talent, they have players available to trade for players like Harden.

In order for the 76ers and Rockets to pull off this trade, it would have to be later in the season until certain contracts become available to trade. Nonetheless the 76ers could get Kevin Porter Jr., Cam Whitmore, Amen Thompson, and/or Fred VanVleet in this trade.

Not only would the 76ers get talent and depth that they need but Harden gets to go to a situation where he becomes the best player on the team. With all the young talent he would be playing with, he would have the opportunity to enhance the play of Jabari Smith Jr. and Alperen Sengun.

Even though the Rockets would not be championship contenders with Harden, it is more than possible that he would want to go back to the team that gave him his chance to break through as a superstar.