Harden Called 76ers President Liar And Won’t Play For His Team

Harden called 76ers President liar and won't play for his team
Harden called 76ers President liar and won't play for his team

After the star player James Harden dubbed the Philadelphia 76ers‘ team president Daryl Morey a liar during a promotional event in China, it would appear that Harden is determined to cut his ties with the 76ers.

Harden’s statements, which were captured on tape and made public on Monday, occurred almost seven weeks after he picked up his $35.6 million option with the 76ers for this season and then swiftly declared he wanted to be traded. The video of Harden’s comments was released on Monday.

According to a source who is familiar with the matter who spoke with the NBA Online Betting PH, the Sixers informed Harden’s agent, Mike Silverman, over the weekend that Sixers general manager Daryl Morey was unable to locate a viable trade for his client and that the organization was not obligated to trade him unless it could find a package that would boost their opportunity to contend. The individual spoke to the Associated Press under the condition of anonymity because the negotiations were kept private from the general public.

During the event, Harden stated, “Daryl Morey is a liar, and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” this was about Morey’s involvement with the organization. “Allow me to repeat myself: Daryl Morey is a liar, and I will never be a part of an organization that he is a part of,” the speaker said. “Let me also say that.”

Harden appeared to have made the statements at an event for the footwear brand he promoted. Harden had shared primarily fan-friendly videos of the Asian trip on his Instagram account.

The 76ers did not provide any remark on Monday.

Harden, who will turn 34 later this month, had the opportunity to decline the option and pursue a career in free agency instead. Harden wanted to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Still, negotiations with the Clippers, along with negotiations with other teams, broke down.

Despite his words, there was no immediate word on Harden’s status for training camp, which begins in October – though it most certainly does not appear promising.

Harden, a 10-time All-Star and the Most Valuable Player of the 2018 NBA Season has sought to push his way off of his third team in the past three years. When Morey was the general manager of the Houston Rockets, Harden developed into a superstar with the organization and eventually requested a trade to the Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets came to their senses and decided to trade him to the Nets. Harden wanted to be traded to the 76ers because of his strong professional and personal ties with Morey. He was disappointed that a Big Three championship run with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving did not materialize.

Even though Harden led the NBA in assists this season, Joel Embiid was the league’s Most Valuable Player, and Harden finished second in that category. At this point, the possibility of playing as the second option behind Embiid and contending for a championship in Philadelphia is no longer a viable option.

The 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs in the second round of the Eastern Conference, and they appear to be mired in the middle of the East under their new head coach, Nick Nurse.

Harden won Games 1 and 4 against the Celtics with scoring totals of 45 and 42 points, respectively. In both games that Harden’s team lost, he shot 0 for six from 3-point range. In Game 7, he was held to only nine points and went the whole second half without scoring.

The 76ers have been here before, specifically when former No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons wanted to be traded after his relationship with former head coach Doc Rivers and other club members deteriorated. Because of the trouble he caused during training camp in 2021, Simmons was waived by the Sixers before the start of that season and eventually traded for Harden.



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