It looks like there could be some drama brewing in Houston.
According to ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins both James Harden and Russell Westbrook are not happy with Rockets’ ownership for not consulting them in hiring decisions after both Daryl Morey and Mike D’Antoni left the franchise in the offseason.
Kendrick Perkins says James Harden and Russell Westbrook are not happy in Houston
"James has not been answering the phone"
(Via ESPN) pic.twitter.com/aT5OexrEBP
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 11, 2020
James and Russ are not happy; I’ve talked to reliable sources…James has not been answering the phone for the ownership, the front office, or Coach Silas for about two weeks now. They reason they’re not happy is because ownership isn’t including them in the decision making”
Perkins’ report comes as ESPN’s Tim McMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that both players have shown “concern about the direction of the franchise” but have not requested a trade as of yet.
In the wake of the departures of head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey, Harden and Westbrook have expressed concern about the direction of the franchise through direct conversations or discussions with their representatives and the Rockets’ front office, sources said.
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, recently promoted general manager Rafael Stone and recently hired head coach Stephen Silas have emphasized that the franchise remains committed to fielding a contender while featuring the two perennial All-Stars in their primes. However, the concerns expressed by Harden and Westbrook that Houston’s window as a contender could be closing has left the organization fearful that the superstars’ commitment to remaining with the Rockets could be wavering.
Although neither player has requested a trade at this point, that scenario has become a plausible eventual possibility.
Some Rockets fans aren’t buying Perkins’ story considering the team’s new head coach Stephen Silas said he spoke to Harden just last week during an appearance on First Take.
Stephen Silas said this last week about James Harden and Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/ZQORPUrNRq
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) November 11, 2020
It is worth noting that Perkins has close ties to Harden considering they were once teammates in Oklahoma City.