Prominent members of the NBA media still believe that James Harden will find his way to the Los Angeles Clippers. As many NBA fans might be aware, the 76ers star has been one of the main talking points throughout this long offseason. He publicly demanded a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers and even called out their President Daryl Morey and accused him of being a liar.
Although James has built up a reputation for jumping teams and avoiding awkward situations as of late, it was initially reported that the 76ers would honor his request and find a way to trade him. However, soon after that, it was announced that all trade discussions regarding the 10x NBA all-star had been closed.
While one would assume that Harden will be forced to attend the 76ers camp and play out the last year of his contract, not everyone feels that will be the case. With that being said, let us take a closer look and find out more.
Will James Harden try to force his way out of the Philadelphia 76ers?
Fans who have been following the NBA for years will easily be able to recall the antics that Harden has pulled over the past few years. He started it all but attended the Houston Rockets training camp looking out of shape and completely uninterested after the 2019-2020 NBA season. As a result, his team had no choice but to trade him and begin the process of rebuilding.
When James joined the Brooklyn Nets, they were instantly considered favorites to win an NBA title. However, he soon demanded a trade and many NBA experts believe that Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status was the main cause behind his decision.
Now, he is looking to leave the Philadelphia 76ers and join the Los Angeles Clippers. Although reports have indicated that the 76ers are no longer entertaining trade discussions for him, NBA Insider Zach Lowe expressed his belief that the 76ers will soon reopen trade talks for Harden, “I don’t think we’ve seen the last of those talks. I have a feeling those talks will be reignited at some point.”
Woj: “Right now, there have been no conversations between the Sixers and the Clippers [on a James Harden trade].”
Zach Lowe: “I don’t think we’ve seen the last of those talks. I have a feeling those talks will be reignited at some point.” 👀pic.twitter.com/J9CLorGwz0
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) September 19, 2023
Lowe might be onto something here. Although the 76ers might not be willing to trade Harden at the moment, they will likely reconsider their decision if he pulls his stunts and drama with them next season. We looking forward to finding out how this situation unfolds in the near future.