One day after the Houston Rockets introduced him as their next head coach, Stephen Silas made a guest appearance on ESPN’s First Take Friday morning. During his appearance, Silas spoke on a variety of topics ranging from his 20-year career as an assistant coach to his plans to enhance Houston’s offense.
In the midst of his interview, Silas took the time to address trade rumors surrounding his two All-Star guards, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
“As far as James [Harden], he is our guy,” Silas said during his live interview on ESPN. “In the interview process, I talked to both James and Russell [Westbrook], to let them know, the reason why I wanted this job was because of them. I expect those guys to be here.”
Rumors about a potential departure of Harden began after Houston’s former general manager Daryl Morey took over Basketball Operations for the Philadelphia 76ers. According to Shams Charania, the 76ers are “expected to pursue” the 2018 league MVP winner, but will received a hard “NO” from the Rockets.
In addition to discussing Westbrook and Harden, Silas says the Rockets will pursue a center prior to the start of the 2020-21 NBA season.
“Having a traditional center would be good for me,” he said. “I would be able to play small like they’ve done in the past and like I did 15 years ago when I worked for Don Nelson, and then play big, with a rolling center and someone playing in the dunker, and the matchups would be a little bit better for our group.”
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