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The Houston Rockets are still all in on pursuing LeBron James this summer despite being considered a longshot to land him, according to a report from USA TODAY Sports.
James would most likely have to opt in to his current deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and force a trade to the Rockets since Houston doesn’t have the cap space to offer James a max contract.
Once the Rockets were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, the New York Times reported Chris Paul had already begun recruiting his pal LeBron to come to Houston.
James Harden, who was named the 2018 Most Valuable Player, says the team doesn’t really need to add another piece since they were one game away from advancing to the NBA Finals.
“We were a half away from the Finals, so I don’t think there is a piece that we need to bring in or take away,” Harden said. “We’re great with what we have, from top to bottom, from the front office to coaching staff to players, personnel. Our main focus is just getting better, getting healthier, and doing what we do. All those new guys, it’s their first year. Look where we got to. Imagine a little bit more time together, it can get pretty scary.”
Per the report, James won’t talk directly with officials from any team during his free agency tour and will let his representation handle everything.