When will James Harden be traded?
Reports indicate that James Harden has expressed his desire to be traded, with the LA Clippers being the most probable destination.
However, as we approach mid-July, a trade does not appear to be imminent, leading to speculation that Harden may remain in Philadelphia.
Speaking on ESPN, NBA insider Ramona Shelburne provided an update on the situation, stating that no significant progress has been made thus far.
Shelburne revealed that Harden had conversations with Daryl Morey, the president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, following his initial trade request, but there was a cooling-off period.
However, Harden recently reiterated his desire to be traded though it should be noted that this is a request rather than a demand.
“I don’t think they’re close on anything,” Shelburne said. “James Harden has spoken to Daryl Morey since the first trade request, and I think there was a cooling off period… They’ve spoken again, and [Harden] still reiterated he wants to be traded. Now, this isn’t a demand, it’s a request. I think the Sixers have said, okay we will try to trade you, but there is no hurry to do this. I think the Sixers understand here that they have the leverage. James has picked up his option, this is an opt-in… He’s going to be a free agent, so at some point he needs to play, whether that’s in Philadelphia or elsewhere.”
The 76ers appear to understand their leverage in this situation.
Despite Harden picking up his option, which makes him a free agent in the near future, the team recognizes the need for him to play, whether it be in Philadelphia or elsewhere.
Shelburne also mentioned the possibility of repairing the relationship between Harden and his teammates if given more time. However, at present, his trade request remains unchanged. This comprehensive update sheds light on the current positions of all parties involved.
The 76ers are mindful of their advantageous position, considering Harden’s contract status.
Therefore, they are in no rush to make a trade that does not align with their goals, especially since they plan to contend for a championship next season with Joel Embiid leading the way.