Per source, Heat no longer are engaging Rockets when it comes to Harden. Was told conversation never was more than cursory, but that, of course, always is a matter of perspective. Heat made clear on eve of 2018-19 season they were out of Jimmy Butler talks for that season.
ANALYSIS: As Winderman put it, just because there is a stop in pursuit of Harden doesn't mean that the option is completely dead. There simply could be a snag in price and return, or some other factor could be making Miami hesistant. On the flip side, maybe the Rockets are asking for more than Pat Riley and company are willing to offer.