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James Harden says he’ll be active in recruiting free agents to join him in Houston

May 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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The Rockets showed plenty of signs of being a legitimate playoff team for seasons to come, both with the way they reached the playoffs in James Harden‘s first year in Houston, and with the effort they gave in forcing their first round playoff series with the Thunder to reach six games before ultimately falling short.

Houston has some nice complementary pieces in Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, and even Patrick Beverley. But Harden, coming from a Thunder team that had multiple superstars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, knows as well as anyone that it will take more firepower for his current team to reach that next level.

That’s probably why he’s willing to be a part of the recruiting process for potential free agents this summer.

From Marc Stein of

On his way out of the building, furthermore, Harden told that he intends to be an active member of the Rockets’ recruiting efforts this summer.

“Hell, yeah,” Harden said. “There’s a lot of good options out there.”

Asked specifically about the Lakers’ Howard, with the Rockets widely regarded as the team with the best shot of stealing him away from L.A., Harden broke into a smile and added: “Maybe. Possibly.”

This is no surprise, obviously, considering the fact that Harden had said back in December that he’d already begun the recruiting process.

But it has to make the organization happy that they invested in this particular superstar. You may remember John Wall of the Wizards taking the polar opposite of Harden’s position when Washington’s season ended in mid-April.

  1. kb2408 - May 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Houston looks like the best place for D12 at the moment but a lot can change between now and the start of next season. The LAKERS are not just going to stand pat. But with D12 you never can tell what that cat is thinking. Before he got traded from the Magic I could not for the life of me understand why he didn’t want to go to Chicago and play with Rose.

  2. saint1997 - May 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Interesting to see the different perspectives of both Wall and Harden in terms of this. Personally I think it’s better to have a star trying to recruit but I wonder who in this Free Agency class really fits their system? Maybe Teague and push Lin to the bench? Perhaps in 2 seasons time they may want to make a run at Bledsoe however

  3. angulocarlos1 - May 4, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Rose stinks

  4. misterdreamer119 - May 4, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Rose should be playing tonight. Shaq and chuck already called him out. If you can walk you can play. Hes a punk.

    • patfic15 - May 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      He can’t play!!! His muscle memory is broken!

  5. patfic15 - May 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Harden, if you want winners…look past Howard.

  6. cantonbound13 - May 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Forget Howard, try to get Paul.

    • biasedhomer - May 4, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Howard would be a bigger impact on the team, having Howard would free up Harden more. Plus, Howard would anchor the defense.

  7. kb2408 - May 4, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    “Rose stinks”? Wow!! You have your opinion but I beg to differ. Did he stink when he was winning an MVP? Rose is a great player that has just lost confidence in a part of his body.

  8. thekingdave - May 4, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Yeah, look past Houston. Because they have had zero success in their history. Right.

  9. sportsnut101 - May 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Go get Howard if u can

    Pass on cp3 only because u play same spot n cp3 can’t defend N u guys need def more then anything. Lin is better off coming off the bench. He could be 6th man of the yr

    Pls no josh smith unless the pay is cheap. I would go after iggy. From denver if he opts out he can defend n fit in nice. There. He can cover sg

    Houston needs. Pf. Thomas Robinson still young. Didn’t get no play time since trade
    I like the rockets. Young team

  10. badintent - May 5, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Rockets need to get taller and get more players that create their own shots. Too many stand and shot 3s players llike Garcia, Delfino, etc.They need more Defense minded players too., at times they remind me of the Old Suns with Nash trying to out score their opponents every night.. But Coach McHale did a great job with the players he had in a tough West .I make him runner up to Woodsen for Coach of the year.

  11. bknowledge - May 5, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    If they don’t get Dwight, I’d like to see them get Milsap.

    • timb12 - May 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      I agree, they need more help at the 4 position than anything. Maybe point guard too, but hopefully Lin can step it up next year. I’d like to get someone else who can dominate the ball, sometimes Harden has too green of a light and puts up some bad shots.

  12. zickhead - May 5, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I would rather them stick with Asik at center than get Howard. He’s not as good as Howard but he’s younger, decent, plays harder and isn’t a drama queen. Plus he’s better at free throws.

  13. redbaronx - May 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    This is EXACTLY why John Wall does not deserve a max contract. He’s not going to be the guy who takes you to the championship round. I guarantee it. As a longtime Wizards fan I am distressed that the organization keeps investing in knuckleheads of the Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Andre Blatche, JaVale McGee mold. The Wizards should seriously start looking at players CHARACTER before drafting.

    Trade him now Wizards while his value is high!

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