James Harden ‘now set to STAY in Philadelphia’ as 76ers ‘end trade talks’ and prepare for him to be in camp for new season

James Harden ‘now set to STAY in Philadelphia’ as 76ers ‘end trade talks’ and prepare for him to be in camp for new season

 The Philadelphia 76ers have ended trade talks in regard to seven-time All-NBA guard James Harden according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Earlier this offseason Harden and the 76ers mutually agreed to seek a trade after he opted into the final year of his contract, and Philadelphia had conversations with the Los Angeles Clippers several times this offseason in an attempt to negotiate a deal.

He has also been linked with a return to Houston Rockets where he spent the prime seasons of his career. 

Philadelphia now plans for Harden to be back with the team during training camp, potentially setting the scene for a messy situation as Harden has been adamant that he wants to be traded from the 76ers.

Harden averaged 21 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 10.7 assists last season for the 76ers enroute to the team’s loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Boston Celtics.

The Philadelphia 76ers have ended trade talks regarding to James Harden and trade demand

As the offseason moved on and Harden’s trade request remained ungranted reports recently began to emerge that his relationship with 76ers general manager Daryl Morey had ‘essentially fractured.’

Morey recently discussed a potential Harden trade when he told The Athletic:

‘James is a very good player. Right now, unfortunately, he does prefer to be somewhere else. I do have a long relationship with him. I’m attempting to honor that.’

‘But the reality is that if we do look at a trade it’s going to be for one of two things. It’s either going to be for a player who continues to help us be right there like we were last year, up 3-2 on one of the best teams in the East, the Celtics.’

‘Obviously, we didn’t get it done but James was a big part of why we got it to 3-2. Or we’re going to do it for something where we get enough draft picks and things like that in a deal such that we can then turn those into a player who can be a running mate with Joel, as well.’

‘If we don’t get either a very good player or something that we can turn into a very good player then we’re just not going to do it.’

‘If James were to turn his mind around, we would all be thrilled… But at this moment he does prefer to be traded and we’re attempting to honor that.’

The 76ers believe they have a roster than can contend for a championship with Harden in the fold and have not been willing to accept a trade package that they feel weakens their chances of doing so.

Uncertainty around Harden’s future and how it may impact the team has also seemingly raised questions around the future of NBA MVP and fellow 76er Joel Embiid.

During an interview with stated during an interview Maverick Carter last week Embiid stated ‘I just want to win a championship. Whatever it takes,’ ‘I don’t know where that’s gonna be, whether it’s in Philly or anywhere else, I just want to have a chance to accomplish that.’

‘I want to see what it feels like to win that first one and then you can think about the next one. It’s not easy, but it takes more than one or two, three guys. You got to have good people around you and myself every single day, I work hard to be at that level so I can make it happen. So, every single day, I’m working towards that.’

Embiid also stated that he hopes Harden’s ‘mindset can be changed’ and admitted he has been trying to convince the seven-time All-NBA guard to remain in Philadelphia. 

In the midst of his unhappy offseason Harden also recently took shots at ESPN for posting a video making fun of him carrying a stack of hamburgers while attending the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Miami, FL.

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