"It's incredibly awkward," an insider exclusively tells RadarOnline.com of 31-year-old Kardashian's new basketball player boyfriend. "James is being polite, but he's extremely wary of Kris and finds her attempts to hang out with him pretty transparent, and he thinks it's kind of creepy."
Harden, 26, is a fan of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and the other member's of the family. However, "He's been spooked by the non-stop text messages and phone calls from Kris and her associates, trying to meet with him about coming onto the show and socialize with the family."
Adds the insider, "He's determined not to fall into the same trap as Lamar Odom and other guys who have had their lives ruined by Kris."