But that doesn’t mean the Heat are going to get desperate and pursue another star. And if they do, that star won’t be 76ers guard James Harden, who requested a trade in July.
Per Barry Jackson and Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Harden is not on the Heat’s radar.
Harden has drawn minimal interest outside of Philadelphia, sources told Hoops Wire. That includes interest from the Clippers, reportedly his preferred destination. While Los Angeles surely wouldn’t mind acquiring Harden, it doesn’t appear as if surrendering a bunch of assets is in the plans. And that is what the Sixers would be seeking in return.
Anyway, the same goes for the Heat. They appear much more likely to pursue Jrue Holiday, who was sent to the Trail Blazers as part of the Lillard trade. It is believed Portland has little intention of keeping him as it focuses on a younger core.
As for Harden, well, it is starting to seem more and more likely that he will have to at least start the season in Philly — though if the Sixers can find a way to land Holiday, there’s little doubt Harden would be part of such a trade.
One thing we do know is the Heat won’t be involved, at least, not if the idea is to land Harden.