It is a query being requested by the Houston Rockets as they put together for the brand new NBA season, with the group’s coach Stephen Silas describing Harden’s absence from Sunday coaching as a “holdout.”
Silas, in his first ever head teaching job, mentioned: “So far as timetable, there isn’t a timetable, so far as I do know. And it’s a setback. You need your greatest participant to be right here.
“There’s a while, however it’s a setback. I’ve to be sincere and perceive that it is a setback not having probably the greatest gamers within the NBA right here.”
2018 NBA MVP Harden has been an All-Star eight occasions and has earned six All-NBA First Staff honors.
Silas, nonetheless, mentioned it was unclear to him what Harden needs, or the place Harden is, admitting he did not know if Harden was even in Houston.
“I’ve no readability concerning the message, actually,” he mentioned. “I take it principally at face worth that he isn’t right here. What the reasoning is, is on him. He is the one who can clarify why or why not he isn’t right here.
“For me to make inferences and take into consideration the chances is not actual to me. What’s actual is he isn’t right here, and he has a motive, however that is on him to inform whoever what his motive is.”
Requested what is going to occur subsequent and whether or not there can be a punishment for Harden on his return, Silas mentioned: “I have been in conditions earlier than the place it was a holdout, and we simply type of dealt with every particular person scenario by itself advantage and individually. So far as any form of punishment, we have not even crossed that bridge but. We’re simply attempting to work piece by piece.”
Harden has not responded to CNN’s request for remark.
Westbrook was acquired in a commerce with the Wizards for level guard John Wall.