What’s it going to take to trade James Harden?
Following the Philadelphia 76ers’ refusal to grant James Harden the desired long-term contract extension, the 10-time All-Star and three-time scoring champion has formally requested a trade from the organization.
Harden has expressed his interest in joining the Los Angeles Clippers and forming an All-Star duo with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Daryl Morey, the President of Basketball Operations, acknowledged the team’s willingness to accommodate Harden’s wishes but emphasized the importance of receiving fair compensation in return.
Morey stated, “We will only proceed with the trade if we acquire a very good player or an asset that can be developed into one. If James has a change of heart, we would be thrilled, as Joel Embiid has also noted. However, his current preference is to be traded, and we are working towards honoring that.”
Daryl Morey on a James Harden trade:
“If we don’t get either a very good player or something we can turn into a very good player, we are not going to do it,”
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Harden’s performance this season showcased an average of 21.0 points, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc, while leading the league in assists with 10.7 per game.