According to NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury, Dwight Howard and James Harden have been on the out since the Houston Rockets' first-round playoff exit to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2013-14, where Damian Lillard sent them home with a last-second 3 at the buzzer.
For three seasons with Harden and Howard, the Rockets have lacked leadership on the court and are not seen by opponents as a team that works hard. Both want the perks and trappings of being the big dog pulling the wagon, but neither will do the real work. Howard smiles and says everybody should keep positive thoughts. Harden shrugs his head and goes back to seeking his next 40-point game.
Harden is the face of Adidas, an All-Star and not going anywhere, while Howard is a shell of his former self.