According to former NBA center Kendrick Perkins, Harden’s partying led to Russell Westbrook demanding a trade.
“This is why Russ wanted to bounce,” Perkins said on the Posecast with James Posey. “The Rockets didn’t want to trade Russ, he requested a trade because of all the things that was transpiring last year. Say they would play on a Saturday, and they wouldn’t play again…until Thursday, James probably heading to Cabo on Tilman Fertitta’s private jet. And Russ like, ‘Hold on I ain’t come here for all this s—. … I ain’t with all this partying.'”
Perhaps Harden’s most publicized incident off the court was his visit to a strip club, which led to an NBA investigation to see whether he violated the league’s COVID-19 safety protocols.
Because of Harden’s antics, Perkins recently said that GMs around the NBA were “scared of trading for” the 2018 regular season MVP.