Texas Notes: Harden, Smith, Green, Barea

The RocketsJames Harden changed teams early in his career, but he told Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle that he doesn’t plan to do it again. “Definitely it’s going to end here,” Harden responded when asked about the rest of his career. Harden was sent to Houston in a 2012 trade after three years in Oklahoma City that included an NBA Finals appearance. He has three seasons left on a contract that will pay him more than $50.35MM.

There’s more from the Lone Star State:

  • The Heat were thinking of center Joshua Smith with the D-League in mind, which is why he opted for a camp invitation from the Rockets, tweets Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel. Smith, who was on Miami’s summer league squad, joined Houston on a one-year, minimum salary arrangement with no guaranteed money.
  • Danny Green, who re-signed with the Spurs during the offseason, is adjusting to life with free agent addition LaMarcus Aldridge, writes Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. Green, who received a four-year, $40MM deal to stay in San Antonio, has seen his shooting percentage decline in the preseason as he tries to get used to a lineup with three post players. “Before, we did a lot of drive-and-kick,” Green said. “We can still do that, but I think a lot of my looks are going to come from double teams in the post.”
  • J.J. Barea, who signed a four-year, $16MM deal this summer, remains among the Mavericks‘ most popular players as he enters his 10th NBA season, according to Eddie Sefko of SportsDayDFW. Barea will still be an important part of the team, as coach Rick Carlisle has said that he plans to have roles for all four of his point guards. “I look back and think about going into my 10th season, and sometimes I wake up and can’t believe it,” Barea said. “I enjoy it to the max. I have more fun than anybody every day, and I just keep working.”

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