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Here is how much money James Harden stands to lose over protocol violation

James Harden

James Harden was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocol. He stands to potentially lose even more money for the violation.

The Houston Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder game scheduled for Wednesday was postponed because the Rockets would not have had the requisite eight players needed for a game. Several Rockets players would have missed Wednesday’s game due to either inconclusive COVID-19 tests or contact tracing.

Harden reportedly attended a party at a strip club on Monday night without a mask on, though he denied the accusation. That is the violation he committed.

The NBA is still working with medical personnel on how long Harden must quarantine before being allowed to return to the Rockets. He would not be paid for any games he misses during that quarantine period. Harden would lose $284,517 for each game he misses.

Over the next 10 days, Houston has games scheduled on:
– Dec. 26 at Portland
– Dec. 28 at Denver
– Dec. 31 vs. Sacramento
– Jan. 2 vs. Sacramento

When Lou Williams was forced into quarantine over his violation in the bubble, the period lasted 10 days. If Harden has to quarantine for the next 10 days, he would miss four games. Add in the $50,000 fine, and he would be looking at a loss of $1,188,068. If he missed two games it would be just over $619,000, and three games would be $903,551. That’s not nothing, even for a millionaire.

James Harden violated NBA protocols ahead of Rockets postponement

James Harden

The Houston Rockets’ opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder has been postponed, and James Harden had a part to play in that.

The NBA announced that the Rockets game has been postponed, as the team would not have been able to dress the league-required eight players in order to play. In a statement, the league said that three Rockets players have returned either positive or inconclusive COVID-19 tests. Four other players were forced to quarantine as a result of those tests. In addition, Harden is singled out for having violated the league’s health and safety protocols.

Harden’s violation is likely tied to what he says was a dinner he attended to celebrate a friend’s promotion. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported earlier Wednesday that Harden told league investigators he believed he had been in compliance with the protocols, but the NBA clearly did not see it that way.

We know the identity of a handful of players who would not have played had the game gone ahead. With eight players ineligible to play for various reasons, however, the NBA had no choice here. It’s not what they would have wanted on the second night of the NBA regular season.

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Several Rockets players to miss season opener due to COVID-19 tracing

John Wall

The Houston Rockets are set to open their season on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they are expected to be without several key players.

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and possibly some other Rockets players will not play against OKC due to COVID-19 contact tracing, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. While James Harden’s status is not yet clear, many are wondering if he is the root of the problem.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the issue is a Rockets player tested positive for the coronavirus. That player is not Wall, but Wall was among several players who were sent home after being deemed close contacts. The player is being tested again to confirm the initial positive COVID-19 result.

Harden had COVID-19 over the summer, which is why he was late to the Orlando bubble.

Harden was captured on video this week partying at what was initially believed to be a strip club. The video was reportedly from Monday night. Harden addressed the incident on his Instagram story Wednesday, saying he was not at a strip club but did attend an event for a friend who was celebrating a job promotion.

Strip club or not, Harden may have violated the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, which prohibit players from going to bars, lounges, clubs or social events with more than 15 people. He also was not wearing a mask.

This obviously is not the start to the 2020-21 season the Rockets were hoping for. They have had to deal with the Harden drama for weeks now, and it sounds like things are getting tense between the former MVP and his teammates. Houston’s season may be doomed from the start.

James Harden issues response to supposed strip club video

James Harden

James Harden says he was not at a strip club this week when a video surfaced that appeared to show him partying without a mask on. However, the Houston Rockets star may still be ineligible to play in Wednesday night’s season opener.

A video that was obtained by Black Sports Online this week claimed to show Harden partying without a mask on at a strip club on Monday night. Harden issued a response on his Instagram story on Wednesday. He said he was not at a strip club but attended an event “to show love to my homegirl” who was recently promoted.

“Everyday it’s something different,” Harden wrote. “No matter how many times people try to drag my name under you can’t. The real always end on top.”

Harden was obviously unhappy with the assertion that he was partying at a strip club, but that may not matter to the NBA. The Rockets have been working with the NBA to determine if Harden violated COVID-19 protocol. As ESPN’s Tim MacMahon notes, NBA protocols prohibit players from going to bars, lounges, clubs or social events with more than 15 people.

Harden arrived late to training camp with the Rockets earlier this month, and several photos and videos on social media showed that he was attending a rapper’s birthday partying and hitting nightclubs before he got to Houston. Harden then cleared COVID-19 protocol by testing negative several times.

The Rockets are still exploring trade options for Harden. While he is under contract for two more seasons and the team does not have to rush, it sounds like things are getting a bit tense between Harden and his teammates. The latest drama almost certainly will not help the situation.

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Report: James Harden may have violated COVID-19 protocol with strip club trip

James Harden

James Harden remains with the Houston Rockets as their season gets set to tip off on Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but there is a chance he may not be eligible to play in the game.

A video that was obtained by Black Sports Online this week claimed to show Harden partying without a mask on at a strip club on Monday night. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the Rockets are working with the NBA league office to review the video and determine if Harden violated COVID-19 protocols.

If Harden is found to have violated NBA protocols, he may not be eligible to play on Wednesday night.

Harden arrived late to training camp with the Rockets earlier this month, and several photos and videos on social media showed that he was attending a rapper’s birthday partying and hitting nightclubs before he got to Houston. Harden then cleared COVID-19 protocols by testing negative several times.

The Rockets are still exploring trade options for Harden. While he is under contract for two more seasons and the team does not have to rush, it sounds like things are getting a bit tense between Harden and his teammates.

Charles Barkley says foolish Rockets should trade James Harden

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley believes the Houston Rockets should stop messing around and trade James Harden already.

During halftime of the season-opening game between the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors, the TNT crew talked about the Rockets’ situation. Barkley mentioned how he liked what he saw from some of the Nets’ players, like Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie. He suggested the Rockets trade Harden to the Nets for some of those players.

“That’s why I don’t understand what them fools at the Rockets are doing,” Barkley said. “Give me Allen, LaVert and Dinwiddie, you got a deal.”

Barkley proceeded to call Harden a “headache.”

“They’ll be rid of the headache. So I think they should make the trade. If you put those three players with John Wall … the Rockets are just going to be dissension behavior … it’s proven they’re dysfunctional. A man is going to show up when he wants, play when he wants to, practice when he wants to. So I would do the trade.”

Harden showed up to the team’s workouts late, though he gave an explanation. There has also been talk of him showing up overweight based on this photo.

Harden isn’t talking about his desire to be traded, and the Rockets haven’t shared their plans. Expect more day-to-day drama regarding the situation until we get a resolution, which might not come any time soon.

Nuggets reportedly unwilling to part with this player in James Harden trade

James Harden

The Denver Nuggets can put together a very competitive trade package for James Harden, but one particular player is off-limits for them.

Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported on Tuesday that the Nuggets will not trade Jamal Murray in any potential deal for Harden.

Murray, 23, was a breakout star of the Orlando bubble, helping lead Denver to a surprise Western Conference Finals berth with his sharp shooting and knack for taking over in the clutch. Murray also has tremendous chemistry with Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic, the other untouchable on their roster.

The Nuggets still have some intriguing young players to offer in a Harden deal. Michael Porter Jr., Bol Bol, RJ Hampton, and PJ Dozier are all 24 or younger with varying levels of upside. Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Monte Morris are also quality rotation pieces who are still in their 20s as well.

The Harden situation in Houston seems to be worsening daily, so it seems at least plausible that Denver could get him without having to give up Murray.

Report: James Harden has had multiple practice confrontations with teammates

James Harden

James Harden has been practicing with the Houston Rockets in the wake of his trade request, but it does not sound as if it has been business as usual for the team in recent days.

Harden and his teammates have had multiple verbal confrontations in practice since Harden reported to the team on Dec. 8, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. One of those confrontations included Harden throwing a basketball at Rockets rookie Jae’Sean Tate. The two had a heated exchange that led to Harden angrily firing a basketball in Tate’s direction.

Charania notes that arguments can be part of a healthy practice environment for an NBA team, but the ones involving Harden and his teammates are not the norm. Harden is considered by most in the Rockets organization to be laid back, so many believe the recent confrontations are directly related to his frustration with the team.

Harden has two guaranteed seasons remaining on his current contract, so there is no need for the Rockets to rush any trade discussions they have had. However, a recent report indicated they would prefer to part ways with him in the very near future, and that makes sense if the work environment in Houston is becoming hostile.

The Rockets will begin their regular season with a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. They’ll likely continue to explore trade possibilities for Harden, though at least one suitor has reportedly dropped out of the running.

This team has reportedly dropped its pursuit of a James Harden trade

James Harden

One of James Harden’s suitors is apparently moving on and setting up to play the season without him as a possible addition.

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Miami Heat are no longer discussing possible Harden trades with the Houston Rockets. Winderman says Miami’s interest in Harden was characterized as “cursory,” and the team was simply doing its due diligence.

It doesn’t seem as though these talks ever got very far. While it was reported that the Heat had real interest, there were legitimate questions about what pieces they had to offer and whether they’d be interested enough to dangle some of their top talent as a possible return.

The news may come as a disappointment to Harden, who named the Heat as a team he’d be interested in moving to. The good news is this team still seems very interested, and that’s one of Harden’s preferences.

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James Harden refusing to answer questions about trade demand

James Harden

James Harden’s trade request has become the big story around the Houston Rockets, whether he intended it or not. Now the guard is trying to shut down the questions about his future.

Harden pushed aside all questions about his future and his current mindset. When asked if he felt better about the team since arriving at training camp, according to Ben DuBose of The Rockets Wire, Harden simply responded with “next question.”

DuBose clarified that this was essentially Harden’s stock answer to any chatter about his future or his happiness.

If Harden thinks this is going to quiet the speculation, he’s wrong. If anything, not addressing it will only allow some of the chatter and rumors to grow even further out of control. Then again, if it inspires the Rockets to trade him more quickly, perhaps that’s precisely what he wants.

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