Yeah, I think there’s something to it. I remember reading an article back when Harden was on OKC about him now wanting the pressure every game. I was actually pretty surprised by how he turned out on Houston, and I think part of it was due to necessity rather than his personality.
At the same time, there is something to the idea that you’re getting the most out of Harden when you’re letting him run the offense. Yeah, Kevin L0ve might find a way to fit into Cleveland, but it’s a bit of a waste of his skills for him to basically be an over-qualified 3-point shooter.
I do think there’s something to be said for rest, and the idea that it will let him focus on other aspects of his game if he doesn’t have to create every shot.
We’ll see — fact is, I think both of them are too good for the Rockets to be really bad next year. Whether this moves the needle towards a championship is a different question, but it’s not like adding an underrated role player on a good salary would have vaulted them past Golden State anyway.