James Harden to make preseason debut against the San Antonio Spurs

James Harden Derrick White (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
James Harden Derrick White (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Amid a whirlwind of rumors and trade demands, James Harden will suit up against the San Antonio Spurs in Tuesday’s preseason matchup.

To say the Houston Rockets had an offseason to forget would be an understatement. As I broke down recently in further detail, they have multiple disgruntled players heading into the season, stars and key role players alike. Some good news is on the horizon for them, though, as Rockets’ coach Stephen Silas revealed James Harden will be playing against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

The news comes after multiple reports of Harden wanting to be traded, though the reasons for the fallout aren’t entirely clear. By failing to show up for training camp in favor of attending a birthday party that violated safety protocols, he sent a clear message to the organization: he’s not interested in sticking around.

Nevertheless, Harden will be suiting up to face the Spurs, motivated or not. Time will tell if James and the Rockets can mend their relationship or if he’s playing to avoid driving down his value, but it should be interesting to follow in any event.

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For the Spurs, it will mean all hands on deck as they look to slow down the debut of the James Harden and John Wall duo. San Antonio’s can’t repeat their struggles defending the three, as they did against the Thunder, if they want to have a chance at slowing down Houston’s trigger-happy offense.

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Tipoff time on Tuesday is 8 PM ET from the Toyota Center. For more information on the game, including a preview, injury report, and how to watch, click here.