James Harden shockingly skips 76ers Media Day

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Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) calls to teammates during the first half of Game 5 against the Boston Celtics in the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Sixers’ star James Harden is reported to be out of Philadelphia on Monday, skipping the team’s scheduled Media Day as he awaits a trade. Shams Charania was the first to report the news.

James Harden skips media day

James Harden has made it abundantly clear he has no interest in continuing his tenure with the team. Between the failed contract negotiations, trade requests, and of course the video heard ‘round the world, any last hope of Harden continuing his tenure in Philadelphia seems to have been dashed. 

It’s unclear if he will report to training camp later this week or will play at all for the Sixers while the team seeks a trade. But if his absence Monday is any indication, it seems Sixers fans may be in for another holdout situation.

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FILE – Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden reacts during Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Philadelphia. Harden appears determined to sever ties with the Philadelphia 76ers after the star guard called team president Daryl Morey a liar at a promotional event at China. Harden’s comments, video of which surfaced Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, came almost seven weeks after he picked up his $35.6 million option with the 76ers for this season and then promptly said he wanted to be traded.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Adrian Wojnarowski added that The Beard’s stance has not changed, that the Los Angeles Clippers remain his preferred destination, and that while the teams have talked recently, no progress on a transaction seems to have been made.

Expect Harden’s absence and trade request to be a hot topic all throughout Monday’s Media Day.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa