The hits just keep on coming for the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason. A seemingly endless amount of drama has stemmed from James Harden’s opt-in and trade demand, captivating the NBA landscape. Since then, Harden has done nothing but be a purposeful thorn in the Sixers’ side as he aims to force his way off the team; regardless of any potential repercussions.
The latest chapter comes in the form of an official inquiry the NBA has launched into the Philadelphia 76ers and the ongoing situation with their point guard. According to ESPN Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, the league has decided to get involved after Harden’s recent comments about the team’s president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey.
Harden speaks out about Morey
After a report stated the Sixers had ended trade talks for Harden last Saturday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania released video of Harden speaking at an event in China. To the entire audience, Harden stated not once, but twice, that “Daryl Morey is a liar.” Harden also stated he would never play for an organization that Morey is a part of. Less than a week later, the league office is now getting involved.
According to Woj and Shelburne, the league is attempting to understand if Harden was issuing a warning of a potential holdout, if he was referring to past negotiations with Morey, or possible violation in-between the two possibilities.
It’s also worth noting that Harden has apparently privately indicated that his “liar” comment was in response to Morey allegedly ending trade discussions that may very well have only allegedly began in the first place. Should that be the source of this outburst, Woj and Shelburne have indicated that there would not be any violation committed by the 76ers or Harden.
The 76ers are in limbo
At this moment, the standstill continues as Harden’s trade demand, specifically to the Los Angeles Clippers, continues, while the Sixers have made it known that they will not simply give away last season’s assists leader. This does not appear to be ending any time soon.
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