After cursory talks about a James Harden deal, the Miami Heat has moved on and won’t pursue the Houston Rockets star, sources told ESPN.
Miami is one of the teams that had the package of young prospects the Rockets were looking for in order to get a deal for their angry star. Miami has fascinating young players such as Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn, among others, as well as some seasoned players in the last few years of their contracts that could have been used to facilitate trade.
However, the Rockets have also been looking for significant asset drafts in Harden deals, and the Heat can currently only offer their selections for the first round of 2027 in one trade. For these reasons, the discussions on the missile side never got very far, sources said.
Houston has held trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets, including Harden, who has requested a trade. When Harden spoke to the media on Monday, he declined to answer a question about whether his feelings about the missiles have changed.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel first reported on the Heat’s decision to end trade talks.