James Harden is ‘hopeful’ of signing with the Clippers, and the Clippers are doing all they can to make it happen.
James Harden has reportedly arrived at the Philadelphia 76ers’ training camp at Colorado State this week, although he is still “hopeful” of being traded to the L.A. Clippers, his hometown team.
A second source in the NBA stated, “I believe the Clippers have genuine interest, but what will Daryl accept in a trade?” He has to get Harden a solid harvest of players and draft choices if he wants to win the press conference.
The Athletic reports that Clippers GM Rob Pelinka is trying to strike up a trade for Harden with the Sixers by offering “fifth-year forward Terance Mann and multiple first-round picks” in return for the dissatisfied Harden.
Harden, in the meantime, is in camp without having spoken to the media and without creating a “circus-like atmosphere.” No, not at this time.
According to The Athletic, Sixers center and current MVP Joel Embiid said of Harden’s comeback, “It’s been good.” He has been active to some degree. Even though he hasn’t performed (in the real-life equivalent), the vibes have been fantastic. His experience and wisdom will serve us well, in my opinion. Coming in and not being a distraction—not that it would have been a diversion anyway, given how focused we have been.
Sportda Advance Media has an anonymous league source saying the Clippers “won’t add T-Mann to the deal” and that Morey “needs more” than simply selections.
This team is different from the one we had a few years ago when we had that problem (with Ben Simmons),” he said. It’s been simple, what with the new coaches and all. Nobody seems to be concerned about what has been happening.
When asked whether he thought Harden would stick around, Embiid said, “Uh, I don’t know. There he is. All we know is that he is practicing with us. However, we are not concentrating on it at the moment. Our main goal right now is to figure out how to play as a team, both offensively and defensively.
Harden’s next move is a complete mystery. In the last three years, he has pushed his way out of Houston and Brooklyn, and he now wants to leave for a third time.
One person in the league stated, “Harden is such a mystery.” “He just sits and pouts no matter where he is, and it’s very puzzling!”
Harden, according to veteran forward Danny Green, is not the kind of player who would intentionally cause a disruption by skipping a game.
Finally, Green stated, “I don’t see him not playing,” based on his experience both playing against and alongside James over the years. A little mystery surrounds his upcoming actions. I believe he is unhappy but is attempting dissociation. You may be unhappy over there, but he should be a terrific teammate, a brother to his teammates, and a contributor to something he believes will make a difference and be memorable here.
The second-league source expressed his desire that Harden not sign with the Clippers.
“I hope not,” the informant answered. Without him, the Clippers would still be a formidable team.