Stephen Silas said he is giving James Harden "space" as he admitted he has not been in regular contact with him. Harden is seeking a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets, however, plan on keeping Harden into the start of the season.
"When stuff like this kind of happens where there's a little indecision and stuff going on, I kind of take a step back and allow guys some space," Silas said.
"From my perspective, my communication has been, 'I'm giving you space,' and that's kind of where it's been as far as my communication with him. Guys like that need that. They need to figure it out, and they don't need someone banging on them all the time to kind of figure out where they're at and whatnot."
The Rockets are confident they will be competitive this season.
"Everybody is excited about the possibilities that we have," Silas said, "us having multiple ways to play on both ends of the floor and having the talent of DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall and Christian Wood to meld with the previous guys that were on the team.
"James is going to have the ball a lot, like he has in the past. Like I said, we're not going to change things so drastically that the offense isn't going to be as effective as it has in the past. We're going to try to change things to make it a little bit more diverse, but he's going to have the ball quite a bit."
Silas has not spoken with Harden since the trade for Wall, but he expects him to be committed to the team once training camp starts.
"I'm confident that he'll be all-in," Silas said. "That's where I'm leaving it. As I said, I'm giving him his space to do his thing, but I'm confident that he'll be here when we get started."