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NBA Rumors: James Harden Focused on Trade to Nets

James Harden is eyeing an exit from Houston after eight years with the Rockets, and his sights are reportedly set on a potential Eastern Conference superteam. 

Harden is "singularly focused," on a trade to the Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The three-time scoring champion recently turned down a two-year, $103 million contract extension from Houston, per Wojnarowski

There's no guarantee Harden will be playing alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on opening night. There has been "no progress" in Harden's push to Brooklyn, and the Nets have not engaged in "meaningful dialogue" with Houston, per Wojnarowski. Harden is still under contract through 2021-22, and the Rockets could very well enter opening night with Harden on their roster. For now, Harden remains in Houston. But the 2017-18 MVP may have a new home sooner than later.

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