James Harden clarified that he wants out of Philadelphia, and Daryl Morey may be to blame.
In a video posted to social media on Aug. 14, James Harden blasted 76ers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey, calling him a “liar” and saying he would “never be a part of an organization that [Morey is] a part of.”
Harden’s comments come after a tumultuous offseason for the 76ers. Philadelphia finished No. 3 in the NBA eastern conference, with a record of 54-28. The team traded for Harden in February in an attempt to win a championship, but they were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs.
Harden was unhappy with the 76ers’ performance in the playoffs, and he reportedly requested a trade this offseason. However, the 76ers have been reluctant to trade him, believing he can still be a significant part of their championship hopes.
James Harden’s comments on Daryl Morey constitute a significant blow to the 76ers. Morey is among the most respected executives in the NBA and is often viewed as a crucial part of the team’s championship puzzle.
What the future holds for Harden and the 76ers needs to be clarified. Harden could still be traded, but he may sit out the season and become a free agent in 2023.
In the meantime, Harden’s comments have created a significant distraction for the 76ers. The team is trying to build a championship contender, but it will likely be challenging with such a toxic relationship between Harden and Morey.
Harden’s comments can majorly impact the 76ers’ offseason plans. The team will need to decide whether to trade Harden or if they want to try to work things out with him.
Either way, the 76ers are in for a difficult offseason.
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