John Wall made a strong case for what he believed was possible for the Rockets in a backcourt partnership with James Harden. He spoke of how they can help one another. He even brought out “the sky’s the limit” line Harden used to often use.

He just will not make that argument to Harden.

Wall will seek to demonstrate what he and Harden can do together if Harden stays with the Rockets. But he said beyond that, he will not seek to convince Harden that he should drop his preference to be traded.

“At the end of the day, that’s a friend,” Wall said. “He’s going to do what’s best for him and the organization is going to do what’s best for them, also. The most important this is when we step on the floor, when we’re stepping into practice, were focusing ourselves on basketball. I don’t try to ask him about that because that’s his personal business. All I worry about is what we can do to make this Rockets team the best it can be while everybody is here and move forward with that.”

Harden made his preseason debut Tuesday, a day after his first practice. He was not, however, available to the media, leaving the questions about his desires, his late arrival or his feelings about remaining with the Rockets unanswered, at least by him.