In case you missed it, here is the ESPN article link: http://espn.go.com/n...redictions-2014
The very last question and last response is:
5. One surprise that will happen in 2014 is ...
Strauss: The Rockets will trade James Harden. He's bad at defense and they care about things others don't seek to quantify. I could see Houston trading Harden for some depth and high draft picks.
I really have absolutely no idea where this guy is coming from. He really thinks that Morey would go back and trade Harden, the best offensive shooting guard in the league, for depth and high draft picks? Not to mention he was tailor made for the offense that Morey and McHale want to run out there - I don't think Morey could have created a robot that scored more efficiently than Harden does. There is absolutely no player in the league outside of the Lebron/Durant stratosphere that Morey would want more than Harden.
I would also say this was a reason to sign Howard in the first place - shore up the defense so that Harden doesn't have to be great on defense. That being said, he's going to have to at least improve from revolving door status for this team to be a contender. Maybe he can bring the focus every night in the playoffs. I love watching players who go all out on every possession on both sides of the floor, but the playoffs are where it matters.