Ime Udoka didn’t want James Harden in Houston?

But maybe James Harden could give the club an offensive jolt that would make the kids develop in a more competitive situation on a nightly basis. However, while Harden is an expert at getting to the hoop, he couldn’t drive past Udoka. “From everything we’ve gotten out of there, it was a matter that Ime didn’t want him,” one league source told Heavy Sports. “At the beginning, were they thinking about Harden? Yeah. But then they hired Ime, and Ime said, ‘It’s not going to work here.’”
Source: Steve Bulpett @

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Sean Deveney @SeanDeveney
The @HoustonRockets were planning to pursue James Harden this summer but changed their stance. Why? Well, Ime Udoka happened.
‘Ime said ‘It’s not going to work here.”
More from @SteveBHoop at @HeavyOnSports:…11:09 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
With Montrezl Harrell returning, the #Sixers currently have 12 standard players on the roster. Here they are:
Joel Embiid
Tyrese Maxey
James Harden
Tobias Harris
PJ Tucker
De’Anthony Melton
Furkan Korkmaz
Danuel House Jr.
Jaden Springer
Pat Beverley
Mo Bamba
Montrezl Harrell – 7:33 AM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Here’s the initial story from me on Harrell’s return.
Broadly, I don’t get it, unless there is some sort of Harden olive branch hidden in here that we don’t know about yet. This one caught me by surprise…11:52 PM
Josh Martin @Bulls_Wire
In this mock trade, the Chicago Bulls would land Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden.…4:01 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
We’re talking Knicks/NBA offseason, Lillard, Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Donte DiVincenzo & more live on The Putback:…1:02 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
We’re talking Knicks/NBA offseason, Lillard, Harden, Karl-Anthony Towns, Donte DiVincenzo & more live at 1 PM on The Putback w/guests @SBondyNYDN & @JCMacriNBA and co-host @ChelseaSherrod. Show is on all @SNYtv social channels. Here is the YouTube link:…12:03 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Even though the Dame and Harden trades feel inevitable at the moment (but may not even happen), there is still more offseason news on the way.
@MichaelVPina:…11:53 AM
76ers patient approach with James Harden, Tobias Harris could lead to familiar roster to start next season
(By @therealmikekb)…10:26 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
I find it really hard to believe that Dame Lillard – a player and person who has spent his career as a consummate, dedicated professional – would piss and moan and pout and go the James Harden fat suit route… no matter where Dame is at on opening night. – 10:01 AM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
New @ringer I wrote about some
non-Dame/Harden questions that still need to be answered this summer…9:03 AM
Josh Martin @Bulls_Wire
In this mock trade, the Chicago Bulls would land Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden.…7:20 AM
Justin Verrier @JustinVerrier
New Group Chat, running through the biggest questions after a brisk free agency: the best blue-chip assets in the Dame chase, who needs James Harden, the most confusing and encouraging teams, and more:…6:34 PM
Evan Sidery @esidery
The Clippers have been reluctant to include Terance Mann and draft capital in any potential trade package to the Sixers for James Harden, per @ZachLowe_NBA (…).
Los Angeles only seems willing to offer players on expiring contracts: Marcus Morris, Robert… PM
Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
The financial incentive for James Harden if he were to be traded. PM
Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
When should we expect any resolution on James Harden and Damian Lillard? Talking about that & more w/ @danbeyeronfox & @Aaron_Torres on @FoxSportsRadio at 2:30 pm PT! PM
Who gets dealt first, Dame or Harden? 🤔 PM
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Lowe Post podcast: @johnhollinger and I on the latest Dame trade landscape, the James Harden situation, free agency winners/losers, much more: PM
Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
League sources say it was a marriage of necessity between Kyrie Irving and the @dallasmavs and how things need to work out with Luka and Kyrie.
Also, how Dame Lillard differs from James Harden and Kyrie in front office eyes.
From @HeavyOnSports… AM
Bill Reiter @sportsreiter
The radio show is live on @CBSSportsRadio from 10-noon ET: Waiting on Dame & Harden, fake sports stupidity, Angels woes, July 4 magic, @basketballtalk, Summer League, Vegas decisions, Buy/Sell w/@DecelCBS, more.
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@SIRIUSXM 158 – 9:45 AM
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🏀Latest on Dame Lillard
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Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
New That’s OD: Breaking down all the Lakers free agency moves, do the Lakers need another star, Clippers trying to improve via trade for James Harden or Dame, Russ’ return, extending Kawhi and PG and our free agency winners and losers with @mcten PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
James Harden hanging with Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid at Michael Rubin’s party 👀
(via jharden13/IG) PM
Austin Krell @NBAKrell
Imagine you got Mbappe, Jay-Z, Tom Brady, Emily Ratajkowski, and James Harden – just to name a few – showing up to your house for Fourth of July. – 4:23 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Lillard trade swirl has created a vortex that could ingest NBA futures of Herro, Simmons, Harden.… A Damian Lillard trade is not a one-man proposition. Plenty of other NBA careers are in the balance, including potentially several on the Heat. – 3:02 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most career games with 5+ 2PM and 5+ 3PM (regular season + playoffs):
192 — Steph Curry
108 — James Harden
101 — Damian Lillard
No one else has more than 81. PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Some interesting Fourth of July weekend company for James Harden 🤔 PM

More on this storyline

The LaVine trade chatter isn’t going away. In fact, league sources said that Zach LaVine has landed in preliminary conversations with both the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers, who are working with James Harden and Damian Lillard, respectively, to find them new homes. -via NBC Sports Chicago / July 7, 2023

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