The NBA regular season is just a couple of weeks away and James Harden is still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
That clearly wasn’t his expectation when he demanded a trade from the team at the start of the summer.
However, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, via Dru on Twitter, the Sixers and Los Angeles Clippers aren’t any closer to making a deal.
“The Clippers would like to get a deal done sooner than later. They also don’t want to raise their offer given they’re the only team that is bidding,” Wojnarowski said on ESPN.
“The Clippers would like to get a deal done sooner than later. They also don’t want to raise their offer given they’re the only team that is bidding on [James Harden]. They’ve offered Philly more than anybody else has. A first-round pick, a pick swap, expiring contracts”-@wojespn pic.twitter.com/uYjivLc48K
— Dru (@dru_star) October 9, 2023
The Clippers want Harden, there is no doubt about that.
But they just don’t want to give up too much to get him.
According to most reports, the Clippers are offering multiple draft picks and expiring contracts to the Sixers.
But that’s not enough for Daryl Morey and his team and they aren’t willing to budge on their demands.
If they don’t get the sort of deal they desire, the 76ers will just sit on Harden.
They believe that Harden – even a disgruntled version of him – would still be better than what the Clippers are putting on the table.
They want to be a title contender in 2023-24, with or without Harden.
Wojnarowski said that the Clippers want to get a deal together “sooner, rather than later” but it is very clear that nothing is moving forward right now.
The clock has just about run out and the season is set to begin.
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