PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 23: James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the fourth quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies at Wells Fargo Center on February 23, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
With 22 games remaining during the regular season for the 76ers, the last thing they need is any distractions. Unfortunately, they got just that. The Athletic is reporting that point guard James Harden has an interest in returning to the Houston Rockets in the offseason.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings about Harden and the Rockets having a mutual interest in a reunion. In December, the first droppings started to trickle in. ESPN’s Rockets reporter Tim McMahon mentioned it on a podcast. And then it came up again from colleague Adrian Wojnarowski on Christmas Day as the Sixers got ready to face the Knicks. Sending basketball fans into a frenzy with the news. Why now?
Clearly, there seems to be something to this as we’ve now heard of this three different times. But the timing isn’t great. Philadelphia has 22 games left to play. They are beginning the toughest part of their schedule with 12 games on the road this month. Tonight’s game in Miami is the start of a five-game road trip. The focus for the team and organization shouldn’t be on what happens after the season. But more on what they’re trying to do to stay at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. No one wants to answer questions about this at this time. Harden needs to come out and shoot this information down so he and his teammates can keep their attention on the task at hand.
No one is assuming that a negotiating ploy right now to put pressure on the 76ers is not at play here and that it doesn’t happen all the time in professional sports. However, there’s a time and place for that and right now isn’t the time nor the place for this team. Harden is having a fantastic season. He is averaging 21.6 points, 10.7 assists, and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field and 39 from long distance. The rumors about the Rockets though, is not what this team needs.
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This team had a busy off-season. After losing the World Series, they went out and added Trea Turner, Taijuan Walker, Craig Kimbrel, Gregory Soto, and other notable names. They also have a bevy of young guys itching to break out like Bryson Stott, Brandon Marsh, Alec Bohm, Ranger Suarez, and Andrew Painter.
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