The Sixer Sense Podcast returns on the heels of James Harden being fined $100,000 by the NBA. This was a result of his comments about Daryl Morey being a “liar”. The implication the league determined was that this fell under the criteria of a public trade demand and that was why Harden was fined. Lucas Johnson and Jonathan Geib debate the validity of the fine and what else the NBA was looking for in their investigation. Were the Sixers at more risk of losing draft picks?
Another interesting thing to note is that this fine is not the maximum the NBA can levy on players in this situation. Was this anything more than just a slap on the wrist for Harden? The NBA Players Association is fighting back against the fine, as they are required to do in all situations acting solely in the best interest of the players. Do they have a legitimate case or is this just standard operating procedure?
There have been ripple effects from this Harden situation, most notably the petty acts by Joel Embiid of scrubbing Philly from his socials. Lucas and Jonathan go back and forth on whether Embiid is supporting his friend and teammate or if he is genuinely upset with Philadelphia and the Sixers’ front office. Is Embiid asking out a realistic possibility in the next year or two? And what does that mean for the future of this franchise?
Another rebuild would likely revolve mainly around Tyrese Maxey, barring any blockbuster trade this summer. In the event, that Maxey is the core of a potential rebuild, which players on this Sixers roster would stay, and which ones would go? The podcast ends with Jonathan answering a couple of Sixers roster trivia questions. Give the podcast a listen below to see how well he does!
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