NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant, James Harden reunion with Houston Rockets?

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James Harden and Kevin Durant during game 6 first round playoffs (Photo courtesy: 2O/Wikimedia Commons)

Kevin Durant hitting free agency in the upcoming offseason is the biggest news this summer. According to reports, the Houston Rockets are another squad interested in signing the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Calvin Watkins, who named anonymous league sources, the Rockets “grand plan” is making an “all-out pursuit” of Durant during the 2016 free agency.

According to the report, Houston’s team officials are confident that they have a shot of landing Durant and pair him with current star James Harden, who is reportedly still close with the OKC superstar.

Earlier reports have involved Houston center Dwight Howard in trade talks but Rockets officials have denied that according to the same report, which stated that Howard will be in Rockets uniform until the end of the season. Houston also plans to re-sign Howard in the offseason and hopes to form a “Big Three” of Harden, Durant and Howard in Texas.

“Nobody talks about that stuff. My mind is on trying to get better every day, and I felt like I was on a good stretch and got hurt. Just trying to get back, that’s my mindset,” Howard said in the ESPN report when asked if the Durant to Houston reports are discussed by the team.

“We don’t sit around and talk about, ‘Hey what’s going to happen next year?’ Because that means you’re really not in, and you don’t want to have those thoughts.”

Harden, who was the third overall pick by the Thunder in the 2009 NBA Draft, played with Durant in Oklahoma City from 2009 to 2012. Harden became a legit sixth man for the Thunder in his OKC stint but was traded by the Thunder in 2012.

Durant has now been linked to multiple NBA teams with his impending free agency with the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Rockets reportedly in the running for the OKC superstar.

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