The Brooklyn Nets won't listen to trade offers for James Harden



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The Brooklyn Nets won't listen to trade offers for James Harden

The Brooklyn Nets aren't planning to listen to trade-deadline offers to star guard James Harden, sources told ESPN. Harden is reportedly unhappy in Brooklyn and one of the reasons he is unhappy is the part-time status of Kyrie Irving.

Irving is refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine so he is only avalable for road games. Kevin Durant will be sidelined for at least a few more weeks and Irving's reluctance to take the vaccine if reportedly frustrating Harden.

Harden missed Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets due to a left hamstring tightness.

Harden's status is day-to-day.

"It is a challenge," Nets head coach Steve Nash said. "We would like to protect him more. But he's a competitor and wants to be out there so we try to have our little tug of war and I think that's why at times we'd like to ask him to miss games so that he can regenerate and be a little bit safer as far as being ready to go when the playoffs begin." Harden voiced his frustration after Tuesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Of course I'm frustrated because we're not healthy," Harden said after Tuesday's game. "There's a lot of inconsistency for whatever reason. Injuries, COVID, whatever you want to call it. But yeah, it's frustrating. I think everybody in this organization is frustrated because we are better than what our record is and we should be on the way up." However, Nets coach Nash believes Harden is happy to be a Net.

"I think James is happy to be here," Nash said. "I just think it's frustrating right now because we haven't played great basketball, we've had a lot of injuries, we've had a lot of illness. A lot of guys in and out of the lineup.

A lot of chop and change so that can be frustrating for sure to not have that kind of consistency to build on. And we haven't had our best performances. "We've had a few -- but ever since the COVID return it's been, lets say, average basketball overall.

So we have higher expectations and it's frustrating, but I think James is happy here for sure."