Harden indicated to the Rockets before the start of camp that he would be open to a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers or possibly other contenders, according to a report by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski, and the Rockets are expanding trade discussions beyond those teams.
Harden is under contract through the 2022-23 season, meaning the Rockets can be patient despite having an unhappy superstar on their roster. But what are their options if they decide to pursue a deal now?
The Rockets will look at the package the New Orleans Pelicans received from the Milwaukee Bucks for Jrue Holiday as a starting point -- three first-round picks, two pick swaps and two starter-level players in Eric Bledsoe and George Hill -- although they'll want even more for their MVP guard.
Let's run through Houston's most likely trade partners in a Harden deal.