James Harden made a major move Monday in his battle to get traded from the Philadelphia 76ers.
By publicly calling Daryl Morey a “liar”, Harden knew that he was burning a bridge and creating some huge headlines.
But even though he did such a drastic thing, Harden still isn’t in control of his fate.
Speaking to SiriusXM NBA Radio, Tim Hardaway Sr. confirmed that the Sixers still have all the power and Harden should have gone about this in a different way.
“Daryl Morey is in the driver’s seat right now,” Hardaway said, before adding that he would have elected to sit down in Morey’s office, one-on-one, to hash out an agreement.
According to Hardaway, it doesn’t matter what sort of handshake deal was made, Morey holds all the power and Harden needs to recognize that.
“I would have went in his office and spoke to him”
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) August 15, 2023
He definitely may recognize it soon.
If Harden thought that his public lashing was going to result in immediate trade talks, he was wrong.
Just a day later, reports have said that Morey and his front office are still very determined to only move Harden if they are offered something substantial in return.
It sounds like Morey can handle being called a liar and it isn’t influencing his choice.
While Hardaway is wise to recommend a sit-down meeting between these two, no one is sure that didn’t already happen.
Perhaps Harden and Morey had a talk face-to-face, with no results that Harden wanted.
Maybe that is what led him to make his shocking statement.
No one but Harden and Morey knows the specifics of what went on behind the scenes.
But we can all see it unfolding very publicly now.
Harden is frustrated and is making that clear.
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