James Harden Takes Aim at 76ers' President, Vows To Never Join Morey's Organization

Photo: Instagram/James Harden

James Harden expressed his dissatisfaction with 76ers' president Daryl Morey at a press event in China.

Despite reports that the Philadelphia 76ers had put an end to Harden's desire for a trade, he didn't hold back in sharing his thoughts about team president Daryl Morey during an Adidas press event in China.

When asked about the team's claim to end trade talks and bring him back, Harden candidly called Morey a liar and stated that he would never be a part of an organization that Morey is associated with.

Photo: Instagram/James Harden

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that despite Harden's strong desire to be traded, the 76ers decided to end trade talks, a decision that was made public months after Harden's initial request. The team had hoped that pairing Harden with Joel Embiid would lead them to the Eastern Conference Finals, but they fell short, losing in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the past two seasons. 

Harden, previously a standout player with the Houston Rockets, has seen his role change while playing alongside Kevin Durant in Brooklyn and now with Embiid in Philadelphia. Despite this, he has maintained impressive statistics, averaging over 20 points and 10 assists per game in the last three seasons, including a league-leading 10.7 assists per game in the previous year. 

His 3-point shooting also improved, hitting a 38.5% clip, the best since his 2011-12 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Although Harden has been vocal about wanting to be traded, the 76ers have prioritized their title aspirations and are unwilling to make a trade that could compromise their championship chances. 

Harden chose to opt into his contract for the upcoming season, worth $35.6 million, even though he had the option to explore free agency. The Sixers had the ability to offer him a $210 million, four-year deal, which was $8 million more than any other team could offer.

If a trade does happen, it would mark Harden's third trade since he initially requested a trade from the Houston Rockets in February 2021.

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Source: NBA

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