James Harden Trade Drama Gets Major Twist; 76ers Exit Imminent

The James Harden trade drama took a unique turn recently after the 2018 NBA MVP blasted Philadelphia 76ers’ general manager Daryl Morey, branding him a liar.

“Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” Harden said during an Adidas media event in China in a report by ESPN. “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.”

NBA player James Harden [Brian Yalung photo]
NBA player James Harden [Brian Yalung photo]

With this development, a James Harden trade seems practically a given heading into the 2023-24 NBA season.

This comes not long after reported NBA trade discussions between the Sixers and the Los Angeles Clippers bogged down.

In a report from Sports Bytes Philippines, it was mentioned there that the Sixers would only agree to a trade involving the 33-year-old All-Star if the pact included a good player – something that Morey stressed back in July when he spoke to “The Fanatic.”

“If we don’t get either a very good player or something we can turn into a very good player, we’re just not going to do it,” Morey stated at the time.

With this new twist, there is now a chance that James Harden may end up sitting out the off-season workouts or even the coming NBA regular season. All is not well between “The Beard” and the Sixers, an unfortunate development.

Although talks with the Clippers bogged down, expect the Western Conference team to try and see if they can package a deal for the third overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft.

Aside from the Clips, expect other NBA teams to also explore plucking James Harden from Philadelphia.

There was a time the Houston Rockets were mentioned as a possible stop but no James Harden trade discussions ensued. That could now change following the All-Star guard’s recent comments.