Several Houston Rockets, including John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and possibly more, are expected to miss tonight's season opener vs. OKC due to coronavirus contact tracing, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 23, 2020
On Wednesday, a report emerged that Rockets superstar James Harden could be out for the opener after allegedly being spotted at a strip club.
However, it has been reported that Harden’s alleged trip is not behind the contract tracing concerns.
A clarification, since there's A LOT happening in Houston right now…
A source tells @TheAthletic that the contact tracing which is expected to lead to several players not being available tonight against OKC is not tied to James Harden.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 23, 2020
Several newcomers, including former All-Stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, will reportedly not make their Rockets debut.
The Rockets have been surrounded by a ton of a drama in recent weeks in the aftermath of Harden demanding a trade. While the franchise is open to trading the former MVP, it has not found a suitable deal.
The Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the second round of the 2020 postseason.