The Houston Rockets have not changed their stance on a potential trade of James Harden despite their deal of Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future first round pick. The Rockets don't envision a scenario where Harden is traded before the opener and envisions a scenario where the team is competitive this season with him.

The Rockets are seeking a young, potential franchise cornerstone and a pick package similar to the one the New Orleans Pelicans received form the Milwaukee Bucks for Jrue Holiday.

Harden has informed the Rockets he prefers a trade to the Brooklyn Nets.