James Harden has made it clear that he wants to sever ties with the Philadelphia 76ers.
In June, he requested to be traded out of Philadelphia and has now taken steps to distance himself from the team. One such measure was removing all references to Philadelphia from his social media accounts. He deleted his Twitter bio that mentioned him as an NBA Player for the Philadelphia 76ers and removed the location of Philadelphia, PA.
Instead, he promoted his wine business page, @jhardenwines, without any mention of Philadelphia.
James Harden has removed his 76ers affiliation from his bio ? pic.twitter.com/dZeuzMZxgH
— Sixerdaily (@Sixerdaily) July 19, 2023
Similarly, his Instagram account has also been purged of anything related to Philly. Reports suggest that Harden’s relationship with the organization has become strained. Despite exercising his $35.6 million player option to stay with the team, he has expressed his desire for a trade, with his sights set on joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
However, it is unlikely that Harden’s wishes will be fulfilled easily. Although he has a longstanding relationship with 76ers president Daryl Morey, it won’t be a hasty decision. Morey stated in a recent radio interview that if a trade were to happen, it would be for one of two reasons.
The team would either need to acquire a player who can contribute immediately and help them reach the same level as last year when they were leading the Boston Celtics 3-2 in the playoffs, or they would need to receive an asset that can be developed into a valuable player.
Harden is coming off a successful 14th season in the NBA, where he averaged 21 points, a league-leading 10.7 assists, and 6.1 rebounds per game.