James Harden has apologised for the "drama" surrounding his exit from the Houston Rockets and wishes his trade to the Brookyln Nets could have been a smoother process.
Former NBA MVP Harden was moved to the Nets one month ago after playing more than eight seasons with Houston.
He joined Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in a star-studded roster, having played eight games early in the season with the Rockets.
Harden's desire to seek a trade had been public knowledge since the offseason but a drawn-out process followed until the 31-year-old was traded after a 17-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
After that game Harden called the situation "crazy" and "something that I don't think can be fixed".
Harden was happy the Rockets ultimately granted his wish to move to Brooklyn, but regrets the acrimonious nature of his departure.
"Apologise for how it went down, but I guess I had to do what I had to do in order to get to where I wanted to go," Harden said to ESPN.
"And credit to Houston, they didn't necessarily have to trade me to Brooklyn. They could have traded me anywhere, but those are some stand-up guys over there.
"And it ended up the right way, but just didn't like how that month or two played out."
Harden insists the circumstances of the weeks leading up to his Rockets exit did not provide a fair reflection of his character.
He added: "I don't like it at all because that's not who I am. The drama, the extra whatever you want to call it, the negativity for me.
"I don't really like negative energy. That's draining. So I don't like how it necessarily happened.
"The front office knew where I stood and what I wanted. I feel like it could have happened a lot smoother, a lot easier, but it is what it is."
The Nets are 15-12, third in the Eastern Conference, ahead of Saturday's big game at the Golden State Warriors (14-12).
Harden leads the league with 11.0 assists per game in 2020-21, though his scoring average sits at 23.9 points, lower than what he recorded in any of his full seasons with the Rockets.