It appears that the Rockets wanted forward Michael Porter Jr. in return.
“The Nuggets were one of numerous teams the Houston Rockets called to gauge interest about a potential James Harden trade,” wrote Mike Singer of the Denver Post. “Those talks didn’t gain any traction, however, a league source told The Denver Post.
“Houston’s interest centered firmly on Nuggets small forward Michael Porter Jr., the source said. Those talks haven’t materialized into anything substantial. Any potential deal would have to include Gary Harris or Will Barton, if not both, to match salaries, which would leave the Nuggets extremely thin on the wing.”
Porter emerged last season as a valuable contributor for a Nuggets team that unexpectedly reached the Western Conference Finals.
Porter, who is 22 years of age, is a player who many feel has star potential written all over him.
If the Rockets do indeed deal Harden at some point, ideally they would pick up a young star who they can build around moving forward.