NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant, James Harden To Reunite In Houston?
NBA Rumors: James Harden, the Houston Rockets superstar, will go to any extent to try and recruit former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant during the offseason.Advertisement
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, Harden and the Rockets are already preparing a recruiting pitch for the soon-to-be superstar free agent, who has been linked with several teams over the last few months.
“The Rockets’ best player (Harden) and leading scorer will become the main recruiter this summer in the franchise’s quest to sign Kevin Durant, whom Harden played with for three seasons in Oklahoma City,” Watkins wrote on Monday.
So, what is the recruiting pitch? According to the ESPN report: “selling points for the Rockets include no state income tax in Texas, ability to team up with one of the league’s best scorers in Harden, and a bigger city with more marketing opportunities compared to Oklahoma City.”
On paper, that sounds like a pretty good sales pitch. Durant can definitely maximize his earnings in Houston, a much bigger market than Oklahoma City. Also, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that Durant and Harden are really good friends off the court. In fact, Durant has, on several occasions, cried foul about Thunder GM Sam Presti trading Harden to Houston back in October 2012.
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Rockets GM Daryl Morey has reportedly spoken to Harden about recruiting Durant. “In order to put yourself as an elite team, you always got to have talent, right? You always got to get better and find ways to improve. That’s any team,” Harden said when asked about recruiting his friend.
When the Rockets and Thunder last met on March 22, Harden hugged Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt, at midcourt before the game, further fueling the possibility of a reunion.
Melo also keen to recruit…
Just like Harden, Carmelo Anthony will try and recruit Durant to New York. “Put me at the head of the table and let’s go to work,” the Knicks star said earlier this season. “If we want this team to be better, if we want more pieces of this team, I don’t have a choice but to go out there and do my job and try to get people to come and for them to see it from my perspective (more) than anybody else’s perspective, see it from a player’s perspective.”
Who will successfully recruit Kevin Durant? Stay tuned for latest NBA Rumors.