James Harden is intent on leaving the Philadelphia 76ers at some point before the upcoming season starts, and despite some lingering merits on staying put — it’s become as clear as day that he’s far from amenable at the idea of being in Philly any longer.
In fact, the former MVP seems resolute on casting off any remaining affiliation he might have with the franchise as an exit from the team after less than two full seasons is in the horizons. Anyone hoping for him to change his tune will be in for a decadent treat of luscious nothing at this juncture.
James Harden continues to disconnect with the Philadelphia 76ers
As first reported by Sixers insider Keith Pompey, both Harden’s Twitter and Instagram bios no longer describe him as an NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers nor is he listed as located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In addition, Harden recently posted a couple of cryptic statements through his Instagram story, which reads Been comfortable for so long. It’s time to get uncomfortable.
Quite clearly, Harden no longer envisions a pathway to return to the 76ers, though his camp has signaled that he’s willing to report to the team if there’s no finished deal (ideally with the Los Angeles Clippers) before training camp.
For now, the Sixers brass is currently standing pat, doing their earnest to extract maximum value out of player of Harden’s caliber. Despite his status as a flight risk next year, he should still be a worthwhile get for any team looking to capitalize on the league’s current parity and win now.
But until that happens, we might continue to see James Harden continue to give the Philadelphia 76ers a cold shoulder before the star goes to the extremes and pulls out the infamous fat suit.
After all, no matter what happens, he cannot pull a Ben Simmons no more.