Steve Nash: James Harden will not be traded by Brooklyn Nets as team looks to ‘build with’ former league MVP | NBA News


James Harden is staying put with the Brooklyn Nets, according to head coach Steve Nash.

Nash gave a direct answer when asked before the team’s game at Denver on Sunday if the team was definitely not trading the former MVP before Thursday’s deadline.

“Yes, that’s correct,” Nash said. “I’ve talked to James, he wants to be here. He wants to be here long term as well, so I don’t think anything’s changed other than noise from the outside.

“James wants to be here, we’re building with James and we think we have the best chance to win with James.”

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash, right, talks to James Harden on the sideline during a clash against the Golden State Warriors in November
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash, right, talks to James Harden on the sideline during a clash against the Golden State Warriors in November

Harden has missed two games with a left hamstring injury and been the subject of trade rumours, including a possible deal to send him to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons. Nash said Harden’s hamstring is tightness, not a strain, and he has lost strength in the ligament.

“For us, we just don’t want to take any chances,” Nash said. “We know last year we lost him for an extended period and we want to be conservative and make sure he resumes full strength so there isn’t an extended absence.”

Harden has missed 10 games in his first full season with Brooklyn.

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