On Monday (Tuesday IST), James Harden declined a $103 million contract extension from the Houston Rockets. However, the 31-year-old guard is apparently pushing for a deal with the Brooklyn Nets in hopes of winning his first NBA title. A few hours later, the 2018 NBA MVP took to Instagram to share a cryptic video of himself while opening a Body Armour drink
Harden's video quickly went viral, making fans wonder if the Rockets guard was saying 'cap' or 'no cap'. Fans discussed the matter on Twitter, even holding 'cap' or 'no cap' polls. Some people called Harden out for needing players like Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving to win a title. Some fans even spoke about players posting content like this, only to eventually leave. "Or he literally just posting this to troll cause he knows its gonna get media attention lmfaoo," wrote one, while another agreed that it worked.
Kyrie: “I’m open”— RT (@TheRealRyan_T) November 17, 2020
KD: “swing it!”
James Harden: pic.twitter.com/P1Ujpi9hf9
Crazy he was able to get that cap off without Durants help— James Goodman (@JGoodThreeTwo) November 17, 2020
or he’s saying no cap?? pic.twitter.com/f01iAtb93A— Skip Bayless Burner (@okcsucksass) November 17, 2020
For me it’s a no cap 😅— The Freak One (@fxkwa) November 17, 2020
Or he literally just posting this to troll cause he knows its gonna get media attention lmfaoo— Hakeem Burner (@hakeemburner) November 17, 2020
Rockets star James Harden wants to be on a contender elsewhere, and Brooklyn and Philadelphia are believed to be his top desired trade destinations, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 16, 2020
Houston is fully comfortable keeping Harden and Russell Westbrook into the season.
Reports stated that Harden wants to play for another team, and Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are possible destinations. However, the Rockets are "comfortable" with having both Harden and Westbrook on their roster. Another report also stated that while Harden wants to sign with the Rockets, Kyrie Irving might not want him to come to Brooklyn.
Harden is currently signed to a four-year, $171,131,520 worth contract. He has rejected a two-year $103 million extension offered. The contract would be added to his existing $133 million deal.