Things are not going well for the Philadelphia 76ers.
For weeks now, we have known that James Harden has wanted to be traded from the team, allegedly to the Los Angeles Clippers.
And for weeks, the Sixers and their president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has failed to make that happen.
Earlier, a video of Harden calling Morey a “liar” made the rounds online and got the entire NBA world talking.
Now Jason Dumas is reporting that Morey is “unmoved” by the comment from Harden.
According to Dumas, “he is holding firm in his stance that he will not trade him unless it makes the Sixers a better team.”
As well, Harden’s own agent advised the star player against making his inflammatory statement.
Source: Daryl Morey is unmoved by James’ comments. He is holding firm in his stance that he will not trade him unless it makes the Sixers a better team.
Meanwhile, I’m told James’ agent advised him against making that statement.
— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) August 14, 2023
This is quite the mess and it could remain one for some time.
From the beginning, the Sixers have stated that they weren’t going to trade Harden unless they were offered something that truly made them more competitive and gave them a strong future without him.
That deal hasn’t come along, either from the Clippers or any other franchise.
True to their word, the Sixers have sat on Harden.
Recent reports said they were shutting down trade talks and were going to just hold onto the star and hope that he would change his mind, attend training camp, and play for them in the fall.
But Harden’s latest statement proves that won’t happen.
All of this means we are on the verge of not seeing Harden play basketball for the foreseeable future.
If the Sixers aren’t trading him and Harden isn’t playing for Morey, he could sit on the bench possibly for months.
Just last summer, Harden was saying the Sixers could go all the way to the Finals.
Now he’s saying he wants nothing to do with them.
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