Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden wants GM Daryl Morey to keep the team’s nucleus together, but he wouldn’t mind getting another playmaker to reduce his load on the offensive end.

The Beard plans to work on his “entire game” during the offseason.

Harden is confident that a healthy Rockets squad could challenge for the NBA title next season.

Per the Houston Chronicle:

He said he “definitely” would like to see the Rockets add another playmaker to take some of that responsibility out of his hands. […] “That’s one of the conversations me and Daryl are going to have (and) the coaches,” Harden said. “That’s one of the pieces to add, but that’s later conversations. We’ll be all right. We’re very confident in the group we have. This summer we have to work hard and be ready for next year.”

 

He called keeping the Rockets’ nucleus together “very important” and spoke of the benefits of growing together. […] “If we get Pat (Beverley) and D-Mo (Donatas Motiejunas) back healthy, we’re a really good team, a really deep team,” Harden said.

 

“Jet (Jason Terry), Trevor (Ariza), Josh (Smith), Brew (Corey Brewer), this was all their first years here. We didn’t really have any chemistry. It was all going off basketball instincts, kind of going out there playing. Once we get a feel for each other, a real feel for each other, the game will be a lot easier. […] We’re pretty good with what we have, maybe add a piece or so. But we made it this far with a couple of our guys injured and banged up. Put those guys together and we’ll be a lot better.”