The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t make a lot of moves in the offseason.
Most of the summer talk regarding the team has revolved around James Harden’s desire to be traded and his standoff with Daryl Morey.
And now, watching the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics make huge moves to revamp their team, one can only wonder if the Sixers will be able to keep up with them.
With that in mind, reigning MVP Joel Embiid may have thrown a little shade at James Harden, stating that he doesn’t care about who’s on the team because he’ll always give them a chance to win (via Kyle Neubeck and NBACentral).
“It doesn't matter who's on the team, I'm always going to have a chance to win.”
– Joel Embiid
— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) October 2, 2023
Embiid and Harden reportedly have a solid relationship, but the Cameroonian big man has a history of throwing his teammates under the bus, so this doesn’t strike as much of a surprise.
In reality, Morey’s stubbornness could cost the Sixers big time.
The front office could’ve spent more time trying to move Harden and find a suitable replacement, perhaps even Damian Lillard.
Instead, Morey decided to play hardball to try and keep a player that no one else wanted that badly in the first place.
At this point in the offseason, the Sixers are highly unlikely to get a decent return package for their former MVP.
And while Embiid has a valid point in him giving any team a chance to win night in and night out, he also needs to prove that he’s that guy in the playoffs.NEXT: Reporter Notes James Harden's Plans For Training Camp