There is always some new drama for the Sixers. Markelle Fultz forgot how to shoot. A former GM was using burner accounts to trash his own players. Ben Simmons wouldn’t shoot, then faked an injury to avoid playing and forced his way off the team. All of that goes along with the fact they continue to choke every single season in the 2nd round of the playoffs. And now, it is James Harden.
After the Sixers decided they would not trade James Harden, because he has no value and they weren’t going to get anything for him, Harden is upset. At an Adidas event in China, Harden said “Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of.”
James Harden: “Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of. Let me say that again: Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of.” pic.twitter.com/AmHJ0WwbF2— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 14, 2023
Apparently, Harden was under the impression he would get a long-term deal after taking a team-friendly deal last season. But can you blame the Sixers for not wanting to give him a max deal after what happened in the playoffs? So now the Sixers are stuck with a player who does not want to be here but is not worth anything in a trade. The latest in a never-ending onslaught of drama for the Sixers.
The Sixers deserve their share of the blame for it all. Morey brought Harden in here, knowing his history of doing similar things with other teams. And while we, mostly, all liked the trade at the time, we knew this was a possibility. But let’s not act like James Harden is the victim here. Despite his public statements suggesting the Sixers wronged him somehow, Harden has only himself to blame for the predicament he is in.