Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden does not want to be back with the organization for the 2023-2024 season. Harden was asked by KHOU 11 reporter Jason Bristol on Thursday if it was too late to repair the relationship with the 76ers, to which he replied, “I think so.”
EXCLUSIVE: James Harden tells me he thinks his relationship w/ 76ers is beyond repair.
"I've been patient all summer."
Back from China, he's in #Houston for his 'JH-Town Weekend,' including kids carnival & celebrity softball game for charity.
Story: https://t.co/qDTacHfa51 @KHOU pic.twitter.com/gSDdAVoo9S
— Jason Bristol (@JBristolKHOU) August 18, 2023
James Harden Believes Relationship With 76ers Is Beyond Repair
Bristol asked Harden if he has an open line of communication with the 76ers and how much patience he needs to have to let this situation play out.
“I’ve been patient all summer,” Harden said. “For me, it’s just focus on what I can control and getting ready for this season.”
Earlier this week, Harden ripped 76ers president Daryl Morey at an Adidas press event in China.
“Daryl Morey is a liar, and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” Harden said. “Let me say that again. Daryl Morey is a liar, and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of.”
James Harden on his China tour: “Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of. Let me say that again. Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of.” 😳 pic.twitter.com/oaqVjXkax6
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) August 14, 2023
James Harden Wants Out, But The 76ers Plan To Bring Him Back
ESPN Sources: The 76ers have ended trade talks on guard James Harden and plan to bring him back to training camp for start of the season. The Sixers had periodic offseason conversations with the Clippers — Harden’s desired destination — but no traction on a deal materialized. pic.twitter.com/sJwXMsBYKW
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 12, 2023
Harden wants out, but he may not get his wish as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the 76ers ended traded talks on the former MVP.
Philadelphia plans to bring Harden back to training camp and have him on the roster to start the 2023-2024 season.
Earlier this offseason, Harden opted into the final year of his contract with the expectation that Morey would trade the former MVP.
Although the 76ers had discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers, the trade never materialized as Philadelphia’s asking price was rumored to be too steep.
Harden is still an All-Star-caliber player, averaging 21.0 points and a league-leading 10.7 assists. However, Harden could make things uncomfortable for the 76ers if he’s on the team to start training camp.
"This is just the beginning of what James Harden is going to do to make life very uncomfortable for the Philadelphia 76ers going into training camp."
Ramona Shelburne expects more drama between James Harden and the Sixers 👀
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) August 15, 2023
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