Yes, they are 100% rebuilding if they trade Harden. I don't even know why this is being argued. Gordon was horrible last year, he's washed. Only reason Westbrook is on the team is because he has the worst contract in the league. Is Daniel House and 35 year old P.J. Tucker the talent you're talking about? Is that team even top ten in the West? I doubt that, let alone making the playoffs. They would be foolish not to rebuild.
you keep saying the Rockets are rebuilding, but even of they dumped Harden for draft picks, who is taking Westbrook, what about Gordon, etc. They still have a ton of talent on that team. At least enough they can't tank or rebuild for awhile, so why would they also take on Wiggins terrible contract just to get a traditional center that hasn't played a game. It doesn't make sense for Houston and is terrible value for someone like Harden.
"If healthy" is a huge asterisk, and I disagree that he currently holds more value for a rebuilding team than Wiseman does. A hobbled 30 year old Klay does nothing for a bad team, but a young player full of potential like Wiseman could easily set the Rockets' rebuild in the right direction. I do agree that neither is probably enough for Harden tho.
But Klay is a proven stud if he is healthy and has far more value than Wiseman or Wiggins. The picks would be the same either way. I still wouldn't do it, but if I'm Houston I'm far more inclined to do that then Wiseman and Wiggins. That is no where near enough value for a guy that has finished in the top 3 in MVP for the last 4 seasons and doesn't appear to be slowing down yet.
I don't see why the Rockets would do that. Doesn't seem like anywhere near enough value. Now if it was Klay Thompson and some picks for Harden, that might be interesting. I think that's an even worse trade. We have no idea if Klay will come back to what he was before, or if he'll get even close to that. A battered Klay is useless for a rebuilding Rockets team.
They don't own their own pick next year. They aren't going to tank.
2021 Historical Draft - 5th Pick - Raptors
PG - Tiny Archibald 73, Don Buse 77, Terrell Brandon 96
SG - Chet Walker 67, Michael Cooper 87, Raja Bell 06
SF - Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic 04, Kiki Vandeweghe 87, Robert Covington 18
PF - Karl Malone 97, Spencer Haywood 73, David West 08
C - Ben Wallace 04, George Mikan 50, Al Jefferson 08