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Report: Harden, Westbrook 'concerned' with Rockets' future

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The Rockets' season ended in disappointment with a five-game series loss to the eventual champion Lakers, and it resulted in a major reshuffling of the team's brass. 

Both head coach Mike D'Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey stepped down from their positions, as Houston replaced them with Stephen Silas on bench and Rafael Stone in the front office. 

Houston's transition may not be over, however. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are reportedly concerned about the franchise's direction, per ESPN's Tim McMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski. Neither player has requested a trade yet, but it's become "a plausible eventual possibility."

If Harden and Westbrook became available, there'd surely be interest around the league, especially for Harden. He's been the league's leading scorer for the last three years and despite struggling in the postseason, has become one of the league's best primary offensive weapons. 

Westbrook is a bit more complicated, given his regression as a shooter, his injury history and the fact that he's still owed over $85 million for the next two seasons and has a $47.1 million player option for the 2022-23 season. 

Regardless of all that, there has been reported interest in Westbrook. The Knicks and Clippers are teams to look out for in potential trade discussions, per The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor.

NBA free agency begins in nine days and training camp is set to begin on December 1, with the regular season starting on December 22. If the organization or the two star players are going to make a move, time is much tighter this year as opposed to offseasons past.