Today, more than 80% of global shipping involves containers. They're packed with everything from personal storage items in dry containers to heavy machinery on flat rack containers. For business owners shipping products, getting a container from point A to point B requires precise planning and high-level tracking. But that's easier said than done when global supply chains become over-congested, leading to loading time issues and delays.
That's bad news for business owners who are already under a massive amount of stress. The truth is that container storage delays can cripple a business, but there's a viable solution: drayage brokers in Houston, TX like RelyEx. Drayage companies provide unique solutions to minimize demurrage and help ensure the successful delivery of your freight.
With more than 30 combined years of experience and a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx has quickly become the first choice for streamlined, efficient drayage services. To understand the true value of RelyEx's offerings in the global logistics industry, it helps to understand first what drayage is and why it's used.
If you're a seasoned business owner who uses port drayage to transport your products, you know exactly how important the service can be. But if you were to poll a group of random people, you may get five different definitions of the term "drayage." That begs the question, how is one of the most crucial steps in the supply chain and most vital components of global trade such a confusing concept? When you break it down, it's not too difficult to grasp.
Drayage, by definition, means the transportation of freight from an ocean port to another destination. Today, drayage is also used to describe the process of transporting products and goods over short distances or over "the first mile."
While drayage often means short-distance movements during the supply chain process, it's primarily used in the container shipping space. Drayage loads usually have arrival and departure points in the same city and don't include long-haul, national transportation.
Because a drayage load can mean a few different things, confusion among carriers is common. Many carriers link drayage with going into a port, but that isn't always true. While all drayage loads typically originate from a port of entry, there are often several legs of a drayage journey before a container turns up at its final stop. Legs of a drayage load may include:
You may be thinking, what's so important about drayage? It's such a small step in the container storage transport process. In reality, it's an integral piece needed in the logistics industry and a crucial part of U.S. supply chain management.
To truly understand the importance of drayage, let's use flowers as an example. Most cut flower shipments enter the market from areas in South America until they end up at Dutch auction houses. Once there, wholesalers purchase flowers in bulk and send those products to retail outlets worldwide. Because flowers are perishable, they typically need to be refrigerated and are often shipped in reefer containers. These refrigerated vessels must maintain a certain temp to prevent loss.
Drayage companies like RelyEx allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services. Drayage companies allow flower shippers to send their products from Argentinian ports to airports in the Netherlands with peace of mind, because their products are protected. The only way to accomplish this feat is with the help of swift, meticulous port drayage services.
If port drayage is compromised, it can cause delays and even fines. You know the packages you get delivered to your front door from apps like Amazon? Without drayage and drayage brokers, one or two-day shipping times wouldn't even be possible.
As a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S. alone, it seems like drayage shipping issues shouldn't exist. But the fact is inefficiencies and congestion are still major problems at ports. Whether it's a lack of carriers, absent chassis, or overburdened terminals, delays lead to missed deadlines, lost revenue, and worse.
But anytime challenges exist, so too do innovative solutions.QUOTE REQUEST
RelyEx was created because our founders saw a need in the logistics space for more reliability and efficiency. The reality of the shipping and logistics industry is that it has become very transactional. It's an odd evolution, because most businesses seek a third-party logistics partner that is accessible, transparent, and committed to providing solutions.
As the logistics space continues to grow, it creates newfound expenses and complexities. Clients like ours know that and need a supply chain partner who is genuinely interested in their business. By understanding the needs of our customers and carriers, we can provide the most reliable, effective drayage services possible.
Unlike some drayage companies in Houston, TX, we begin managing your containers before they ever hit the ports by mapping out the most efficient pathways of delivery. That way, our team can discover the best drayage pathways to expedite delivery time and reduce fees that cut into profits.
Our valued drayage customers choose RelyEx because:
At RelyEx, we like to consider ourselves problem solvers. The nature of the container drayage industry presents new challenges every day, but we're firm believers that there's a solution to every hurdle we encounter. And while some drayage businesses implement a reactive approach, RelyEx customers choose us for our proactive mindset. We take pride in solving your company's drayage challenges to help you avoid frustrating fees, missed expectations, and delayed shipments. We strive to make every transaction successful and streamlined by partnering with shippers who prioritize transparent, prompt, and accurate communication.
RelyEx approaches your business from the customer's perspective - a unique approach that helps us provide high-quality, effective drayage services. We've been in the customers' shoes, know their pain points, and because of that, provide first-hand solutions to stressful supply chain issues. With over 30 years of collective knowledge, our team excels in:
Our varied, high-level drayage shipping experience helps us achieve our overarching goal: expertly managing your freight movement needs. That way, you can direct your time and focus on growing the core aspects of your business while we handle the heavy lifting. Throw in proactive planning to avoid bottleneck situations and strong communication for transparent customer relations, and you can see why so many companies trust RelyEx.
When it comes to shipping logistics, it only takes one mistake by a mediocre worker to disrupt your business. That's why, at RelyEx, we pride ourselves on forming and nurturing relationships with carriers who match our standards of care. Our founding partner started his career transporting freight for companies as an on-demand carrier. He uses that knowledge to maximize the resources of our carriers so that our customer's expectations aren't just met - they're exceeded.
Based in the port city of Houston, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.
Customers choose RelyEx because:
Some drayage brokers don't care how customers feel about their service as long as they sign a contract and get paid. As a solutions-oriented team, RelyEx takes the opposite approach. We're motivated by the opportunity to overachieve for our customers and to provide them with the best logistics experience possible. With professional experience as carriers and shippers ourselves, we know the roadblocks and challenges you're facing. We excel at mapping out the best plans of action to solve those problems. But that's just the start.
Our tracking experts monitor and manage every aspect of your drayage shipment from booking to delivery, 24/7. Once booked, we look for the availability of your containers hourly once they're at port. When they arrive, our team acts quickly to access your storage containers when they're available.
Plus, RelyEx ensures your company's requirements are met by the carrier during loading and delivery and provide necessary documentation as fast as possible. With real-time tracking updates and access to our customer service professionals, your team has complete visibility throughout the shipping process.
Over the years, RelyEx has built a strong network of drayage carriers, transloading locations, and container storage spaces to provide you with the best possible options to match your drayage service needs. We know that searching for quality service presents an added layer of complexity and stress to our customers. That's why we work hard to take that off your plate by connecting you with our reliable shipping partners.
With a background moving freight as an on-demand carrier, our founding partner understands how to maximize the resources and equipment of our carriers to match your needs.
Like other industries, the global logistics space is complex. Mistakes will be made, and problems will happen. With those truths in mind, RelyEx has built its reputation as problem solvers. Unlike other drayage companies, we don't shy away from this industry's complexities because we take pride in solving problems. Even better, we aim to do what's needed to avoid those problems altogether.
As your logistics partner, we will provide your company with accurate, transparent, and prompt communication. If there are unexpected issues, we'll notify you immediately and will provide several options to remedy the problem. We even offer custom reporting for large clients who need at-the-moment updates and quick access to shipment documentation.
Why let the unpredictability of your industry dictate your success? With a background working in manufacturing, our founders are familiar with the demands of managing production schedules and sales orders. That experience makes it abundantly clear to us that every business and industry is different. If you struggle with seasonal surges or other factors, our team supports your business with a mapped-out plan and schedule, so you stay ahead of the game.QUOTE REQUEST
Based in the port city of Houston, RelyEx has a keen understanding of the challenges of managing the inbound and outbound flow of containers. Our team of container drayage experts provides your business with unique solutions to nuanced shipping problems, minimizing demurrage and ensuring the successful delivery of your freight.
Demurrage is a charge issued by a port, carrier, or railroad company for storing containers that do not load and unload their cargo promptly. Once the daily limit of free time is exceeded, shippers are charged daily demurrage fees until their cargo is shipped. Though different ports have different policies, charges can range from $75 to $150 per container, per day, for a set number of days. Additional demurrage fees are incurred if a shipper exceeds the port's parameters.
Even when shippers maintain a tight schedule for unloading freight, external factors can play an uncontrollable part. Typically, shipping mistakes caused by human error trigger the most demurrage charges. Some of the most common causes of demurrage include:
Typically, shippers need four specific documents to clear shipments through customs: A Bill of Lading (or BOL), a commercial invoice, a packing list, and an arrival notice. Seasoned drayage brokers like RelyEx are used to preparing these documents, but new shippers tend to miss this step due to inexperience.
If a shipper only pays for part of their shipment, a vessel operator may refuse to release their freight until their bill is fully paid. Payment delays lead to cargo detention at the port of entry, which triggers demurrage charges.QUOTE REQUEST
Paperwork is needed when you're shipping goods with a drayage company. When documents like the Certificate of Origin or Bill of Lading arrive at their destination late, you can expect demurrage fees. RelyEx avoids this situation entirely by being proactive when submitting paperwork.
Additional causes for demurrage fees can include:
At RelyEx, we know first-hand how stressful supply chain problems can be for business owners. Though drayage shipping might seem minor on the surface, it affects every stage of your shipping process. And when inevitable hurdles manifest, RelyEx propels you over the proverbial roadblocks with a proactive mindset and a passion for challenging projects. We believe that all problems have a solution, and our unique vantage point allows us to provide first-hand solutions to customers in a wide array of industries.
When it comes to your business, don't settle for anything less than RelyEx. Contact our office today to learn more about how we make your shipping experience streamlined and stress-free.843-885-3082
This story was excerpted from Brian McTaggart’s Astros Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.In the seventh inning of the ...
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In the seventh inning of the Astros’ win over the Cubs on Monday, shortstop Jeremy Peña made a great diving catch of a line drive off the bat of Cubs hitter Seiya Suzuki, got back on his feet and threw to first base to complete a double play. The ball had an exit velocity of 109 mph and a 65 percent hit probability, but none of that mattered to Peña.
Peña, the American League Gold Glove winner at shortstop last year as a rookie, was in the right place at the right time. And it wasn’t happenstance. Because of his preparation, Peña had anticipated the pitch relief pitcher Rafael Montero was going to throw -- a sinker -- and knew where Suzuki was going to try to hit the ball.
“I knew he wanted to stay through the middle,” Peña said. “I think it was a sinker pitch, so I knew he wasn’t really going to roll it over. He wasn’t going to pull it. It was either going to be hit at me, or to my left and I was already programmed to go either way.”
Everyone learned about Peña’s skills last year when, taking over for Carlos Correa, he won a Gold Glove, American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player and World Series MVP as a rookie. His big moments at the plate in last year’s playoffs are well documented, but’s he’s an elite defensive player who still seems to be improving.
“This year, I feel more comfortable on defense,” Peña said. “I feel like the game has slowed down a bit. Last year, I felt like the game was a little fast. This year, I feel like we just know the league a little better. You know who can run, you know how much time you have on a certain play. That’s the biggest difference.”
Peña put in the work, but he credits bench coach Joe Espada, first-base coach Omar Lopez and assistant director of player development and Minor League field coordinator Jason Bell with working with him in the offseason to put him in position to get better. The goal was to slow the game down, understand the hitters’ tendencies.
“We do a lot of talking before the game starts of just going over some certain hitters, the speed of those certain hitters, understanding what our pitchers are trying to do more, so he understands the game plan,” Espada said. “Credit goes to him. He’s just paying attention and it’s paying off. He’s got all the skills and now he knows how fast he needs to play, how fast he needs to go finish every play.”
So what’s the next level for Peña’s defense? Espada said it’s finding some consistency.
“Not to be content,” he said. “Complacency is something we don’t like talking about at all. He’s one of those guys that every day, he tries to get better.”
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- When the pandemic hit, ABC13 launched a weekly job fair, which, three years later, continues to help people find work.Pipefitting is a career choice Juan Tovar didn't think was an option until he came across ABC13's social media page."I ended up finding a post on ABC13 about the pre-apprenticeship program, and I figured that was exactly what I needed," Tovar recalled.Eight months later, Tovar has gone through a three-week pre-apprenticeship program....
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- When the pandemic hit, ABC13 launched a weekly job fair, which, three years later, continues to help people find work.
Pipefitting is a career choice Juan Tovar didn't think was an option until he came across ABC13's social media page.
"I ended up finding a post on ABC13 about the pre-apprenticeship program, and I figured that was exactly what I needed," Tovar recalled.
Eight months later, Tovar has gone through a three-week pre-apprenticeship program.
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ABC13's Who's Hiring job fairs have continued to help people connect with employers and programs three years after the pandemic hit.
He's now applied to join a pipefitters apprenticeship program.
In weeks, he could be on his way to making money while learning a new career.
"I didn't know where I was going to go," Tovar recalled. "I was looking at options. This was one of them. I went for it."
It's a success story our ABC13 Who's Hiring Job Fair with Workforce Solutions has brought to hundreds of people in southeast Texas over the past three years.
"I thought it was a one-time thing," Workforce Solutions spokesperson Michelle Castrow recalled. "Then, we went for a month or so, and I thought, 'OK, that's good. It means we're doing something right.' I had no dreams three years later we'd still be doing this."
Each Thursday at 10 a.m., ABC13 features several immediate-hire jobs. We also have guests from various careers, colleges, and programs. You can watch on our website or wherever you stream ABC13.
"We are still getting 500 new job orders every day," Castrow explained. "Employers have a need. Our role in this is to make sure our people understand what's available right now to understand the jobs that are going to pay well going into the future."
One of those in-demand jobs is a pipefitter, a career you can get into through a pre-apprenticeship program as Tovar took.
"They tend to have higher scores on the aptitude test, and they are much better prepared with exactly what they're getting into with this five-year apprenticeship," Pipefitters Local 211 Education Administrator Candyce Castillo said.
It's an earn-while-you-learn job that Tovar is hoping to start soon.
"I thought it was too good to be true, but I asked, and I called, and it was exactly what they mentioned, and it's perfect," Tovar said.
You can view the jobs in our ABC13 Who's Hiring Job Fair and look for the "As seen on ABC13" section, or also call the ABC13 hotline powered by Workforce Solutions at 713-243-6663.
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The University of Houston presented a revised contract for men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson in the past two weeks, sources briefed on the situation said while a report circulated Wednesday that Sampson interviewed for a vacant NBA head coaching job.ESPN reported that Sampson, who has built UH into a national championship contender, met with the Milwaukee Bucks about their opening. A source characterized Sampson’s ...
The University of Houston presented a revised contract for men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson in the past two weeks, sources briefed on the situation said while a report circulated Wednesday that Sampson interviewed for a vacant NBA head coaching job.
ESPN reported that Sampson, who has built UH into a national championship contender, met with the Milwaukee Bucks about their opening. A source characterized Sampson’s meeting with the Bucks as “a visit.”
In a text message to the Houston Chronicle, Sampson quashed any speculation he might be leaving for a job elsewhere.
“Can’t wait to compete in the Big 12. Go Coogs!” Sampson wrote in reference to UH’s conference move on July 1.
Prior to taking over at Houston, Sampson spent six seasons in the NBA as an assistant coach, including three with the Bucks. The UH offer has been on the table since early May, before top-seeded Milwaukee lost its first-round Eastern Conference series to the Miami Heat and fired Mike Budenholzer.
The new UH contract presented to Sampson’s representatives includes a pay raise that would put him among the top 15 college basketball coaches in salary, two sources with knowledge of the talks said. Under his current deal, Sampson, 67, is set to make $3.4 million in 2023-24 and would receive a $100,000 increase each year that UH makes the NCAA Tournament through the 2026-27 season.
“He’s outperformed, and he’s earned to be better compensated,” UH athletic director Chris Pezman said earlier this month at the Big 12’s spring meetings.
UH is also working on a new deal with assistant coach Kellen Sampson that includes “more defined head coach-in-waiting” language in his contract and commensurate pay once he makes the transition to replace his father.
“There’s got to be some forethought, especially at a program that is elite like we are, that what Kelvin and Kellen built to this point that we make sure we maintain it whenever that happens,” Pezman said. “We want it to be a long time from now. We want to keep it as good as possible for Kellen. Part of that is keeping Kellen here and making sure that Kellen knows there is a path forward to the future, financially and a path for him to be the head coach and what that looks like.”
Kelvin Sampson is 232-74 in nine seasons at UH, including four straight appearances in the Sweet 16 and a trip to the Final Four in 2021. The Cougars spent a majority of the 2022-23 season with the No. 1 ranking and matched the program record with 33 wins.
In a Hall of Fame worthy career, Sampson is 657-301 across stops at UH, Indiana, Oklahoma and Washington State. Along with three years with Milwaukee, Sampson spent three seasons with the Rockets from 2011-14 and as an adviser to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
The ESPN report cited Sampson’s relationship with Bucks general manager Jon Horst, who was a member of the franchise’s front office when Sampson worked on Scott Skiles’ staff from 2008-11.
In 2018, Sampson was linked to the Orlando Magic head coaching opening, and Arkansas expressed interest the following year.
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After 11 seasons in the National Football League, Whitney Mercilus made a name for himself on the field, including earning NFL All-Pro Second Team honors in 2016. Now, he’s looking to make a name for himself off the field.The son of two Haitian immigrants, Mercilus was born in Orange, New Jersey, and grew up in Akron, Ohio. He played defensive end at the University of Illinois, ...
After 11 seasons in the National Football League, Whitney Mercilus made a name for himself on the field, including earning NFL All-Pro Second Team honors in 2016. Now, he’s looking to make a name for himself off the field.
The son of two Haitian immigrants, Mercilus was born in Orange, New Jersey, and grew up in Akron, Ohio. He played defensive end at the University of Illinois, winning multiple honors and awards following his junior season. Mercilus chose to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.
His decision paid off. Mercilus was chosen in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Houston Texans. He helped lead the team to five playoff appearances, but after spending 10 seasons in Houston, he was released. Mercilus then signed with the Green Bay Packers, spending one year with the team before choosing to retire from the league in 2022.
During his time in the NFL, Mercilus started the WithMerci Foundation, which provides community advocacy of and financial support for children with disabilities and special needs. Also while in the league, Mercilus became interested in real estate investing, which ultimately led him to where he is now.
Mercilus is now part of an internship program with real estate developer Vero Sade, a sister company of New York-based investment firm Vero Capital. His involvement in the program came about after he met Dan Bassichis, founder and managing partner of Vero Capital, who helps professional athletes transition from sports into business with his partner David Robinson, a former NBA player. As part of the program, Mercilus has chosen to focus his business ventures on the multifamily sector.
While being in the NFL was a significant opportunity for him, Mercilus said being a professional football player was never the ultimate goal. However, having that experience has now given him a platform to be able to develop and achieve his other goals, such as in real estate and with his foundation.
What were some of your favorite moments in the NFL? There’s a few, like the time where I got a chance to go to the playoffs for the first time when I came in the 2012 season. Another moment was my first sack in the NFL, which was against Joe Flacco here in Houston. 2019 was a special year. I finally got two interceptions that year. I was looking for an interception for at least eight years of my life, and the first one was on Drew Brees in the first game of the season. I remember that play to the tee. I tried to run it back and I got tackled by the tight end on the opponent’s five yard line. I was so out of breath. Then, I got my second interception against Tennessee against Ryan Tannehill and ran it back like 86 yards. The end zone was right there, but I got hawked. I couldn’t unhook that trailer on the back. I was so defeated and out of breathe. I could have gotten my first touchdown in the NFL, but I had to settle with just an interception.
Why wasn’t the NFL the ultimate goal for you? Coming from an immigrant family, it’s all about education. I’m glad the NFL came along because it opened my eyes to a whole different world, but never was it always that end all, be all. It was always a platform and a catalyst to something greater. I just wanted to get a scholarship and get an education and not have to worry about any debts. I enjoy football and it’s great that I got to be able to do it as a living, but I wanted to utilize that platform and my earned income in order to go do what I really wanted to do.
How did having goals beyond football help you transition out of the league? There’s this moniker that the National Football League is not for long. Luckily, I was blessed to be able to play for 10 years. You have to focus and dedicate your entire life to eating, living and breathing football and to understanding the game plans, analyzing and dissecting plays on field, and understanding your opponent inside and out. That actually bridges over to the business world. Having that mindset, it really has helped me be able to transition.
How did you first get interested in real estate investing? I was wrapping up my taxes with my former CPA and we had an hour long conversation about investing in real estate. I was just more so looking at it as a cash play versus having to hit 300 pounders to actually earn an income and beat my body up. At that time, I was so intrigued. I was like, “Wow, you can really do this without having to go hit anybody and actually earn it?” It was the whole principle of taking your money to work for you and you make money while you sleep. My first investment was a Whataburger in Hallsville, Texas. It was the perfect asset. I was able to earn $65,000 a year. I thought I was the hottest thing on the block.
Where do you see the future of your foundation going? I began that in 2016 and that passion really came from what I studied in college. About four to five years in the NFL, after spending my time with kids at the hospital and doing camps, I really wanted to do something with a great impact that was very focused and direct. It started with rotating disabilities each year and educating the public, but also partnering up with local organizations who are specified towards that disability. Through seven years, we were able to raise $700,000 and impact 3,000 kids. I shut down the foundation January 31 of this year because it was not sustainable based on what I had done because it was so uniquely tied to who I was a football player. So I thought, “How do I get to a point where this is an absolutely great beneficial deal for whoever wants to be a part of the mission?” Impact investing. I’m working on bringing those two worlds together. I’m at a point where I want to combine these investing passions to that philanthropy passion and do this impact investing and see where that bridge can be.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Education: University of Illinois, studied community health with a concentration in disabilities and rehabilitation
Favorite NFL teams growing up: Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts
Least favorite part about playing in the NFL: “Practicing in 120 degree heat with 90% humidity for nine and a half years.”
Favorite movie and TV genres: Science fiction, anime
Favorite books: "Good to Great" by Jim Collins; "Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi
Last summer, James Harden declined his $47.4 million player option then ultimately re-signed with the ...
Last summer, James Harden declined his $47.4 million player option then ultimately re-signed with the 76ers for $14.4 million less in a move that opened up room for Philly to round out a contending roster (the league called that tampering). Harden’s sacrifice didn’t lead to a ring.
Now Harden wants to get paid.
He will opt out of his $35.6 million for next season to hit free agency, seeking the security of multiple years, reports Chris Haynes at Bleacher Report. Harden also says he wants to play for a competitive team.
Harden, 33, took a sizable pay cut last offseason to help the Sixers build the roster out. The guard will now be seeking a four-year contract…
The Houston Rockets have long been a rumored destination, but sources say Harden will only entertain suitors that present a competitive roster and the basketball freedom for the star to be himself, sources say.
There may not be a long line of teams interested in Harden’s services — his skills are in decline and there is a lot of mileage on those tires — but he only needs one. And he appears to have at least two interested parties in the Rockets and 76ers (Daryl Morey said he wants to bring Harden back in Philly).
There are two clear takeaways from this news. The first is obvious: Turning 34 before next season starts — and with his game showing some slippage — he wants the security of as many years as possible. Because of the “over 38” rule, not even the 76ers can offer him more than four years. His max would be $210 million over four years with the Sixers, or $201 million with another team, however, it is highly unlikely any team wants to max him out for four years. Or maybe even one year. The more likely option is a compromise where Harden takes less than the max to get the security of three or four years.
The second takeaway is this feels like a clear message to the Rockets: I’m not coming there just to babysit young players, get some veterans in here who can help us win now. League sources have told NBC Sports that the interest between Harden and the Rockets is genuine, but that doesn’t mean he returns to Texas automatically. There are conditions. Notice this report didn’t use the word “contend” — something that likely only Philly can offer Harden — but rather “competitive roster,” which the Rockets could assemble. Also, Harden wants a system that doesn’t confine him to a role of a facilitator, as he was for much of the time in Philadelphia.
The Rockets have good young talent in players such as Alperen Şengün and Jalen Green, plus they have the No. 4 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft (which likely lands a team Amen Thompson). Young players and that pick could be traded to get the kind of veterans Harden wants to see around him.
Harden averaged 21 points and led the league with 10.7 assists per game. In the playoffs we saw the highs of what he can still do on a given night — a 45-point Game 1 against Boston — as well as the lows (his disappearing act with the series on the line).
What matters ultimately is what Harden values most, which seems to be the security of multiple years. Where that lands him will be one of the big tipping points of the summer.
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