James Harden says he will not play for the 76ers any longer and has called team president Daryl Morey a liar.
James Harden calls Daryl Morey a liar.
Harden said at the event, “Daryl Morey is a liar, and I will never join an organization that he is a part of.” “Let me say that again: Daryl Morey is a liar, and I will never join a group that he belongs to.”
It is surprising to hear a currently-signed NBA player state so openly that he does not wish to return to his current team. Multiple sources informed AllClippers that Harden was furious with the Philadelphia 76ers throughout the offseason. It was mentioned that he was furious about taking a pay reduction during the previous season and being kept in the dark during this off-season. Harden’s desire to be traded to the Clippers has been reported by multiple outlets throughout the summer, and it appears that he has not altered his mind based on his recent comments.
Harden shared mostly fan-friendly videos of his Asian tour on Instagram, and he seemed to make the comments at an event for the sneaker company he endorses.
On Monday, the 76ers didn’t say anything.
Harden, who will turn 34 later this month, could have turned down the offer and tried to become a free agent instead. Harden wanted to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, but talks with the Clippers and other teams didn’t work out.
Harden, who has been an All-Star 10 times and was the NBA MVP in 2018, has tried to get off his third team in three years. When Morey was in charge of the Houston Rockets, Harden became a star, but he wanted to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. In the end, the Rockets agreed and sent him to the Nets. When a championship run with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving as part of the “Big Three” didn’t happen, James Harden wanted to be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, in part because he has strong business and personal ties with 76ers general manager Dalton Morey.
Harden did have the most assists in the NBA this season, but Joel Embiid won the MVP award. Harden is one of the best players at scoring on his own. It looks like playing behind Embiid and trying to win a championship in Philadelphia is no longer a serious choice.