Right now, James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers is focused on helping his team go as far as possible in the playoffs.
After a terrific regular season, some people believe that this could be the year that the Sixers go all the way.
But what will happen after this year?
Adrian Wojnarowski got people talking on Thursday when he said that Harden could be departing from Philly in the near future.
“James Harden’s future is very unclear in Philadelphia…Houston is very much in play for him,” he said.
“James Harden's future is very unclear in Philadelphia… Houston is very much in play for him.”
(h/t @RealGM ) pic.twitter.com/fyhyS2JkCu
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) April 20, 2023
As you can imagine, people were shocked by this news.
FanDuel Canada summed it up perfectly, posting a GIF of how worried Philly fans might be right now.
Sixers fans rn pic.twitter.com/uslzt3kpRP
— FanDuel Canada (@FanDuelCanada) April 20, 2023
Loyal Houston Rockets fans are eager to see Harden come back, especially after the painful seasons they have endured without him.
“Please Come back,” one fan pleaded.
Please Come back
— Jovan (@BigMeekHTX) April 20, 2023
Other people pictured a future for Philadelphia that has Harden leaving, Doc Rivers being fired, and even Joel Embiid departing the team too.
That would be an absolute nightmare for the Sixers.
Second round exit, Harden gone, Doc fired, Embiid trade request
Process keeps processing
— kap (@hopefulmetsfan) April 20, 2023
Then there were some who weren’t excited by the news but actually sick of yet another rumor about Harden’s plans.
We've heard this like 15 million times we get it already lol
— Nick Englander (@NickEnglander19) April 20, 2023
We have heard a lot about Harden leaving the 76ers this season.
Even though the team has been doing quite well, inside reports have repeatedly said that Harden might be eyeing an exit.
He had some great times with the Rockets from 2012 to 2021, although they never made the NBA Finals.
If Harden were to return, it would radically transform the team overnight and immediately make them playoff contenders again.
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