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Sixers Put James Harden Trade on Hold, Expect Him in Training Camp

A star guard won’t get his trade request this summer.

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The Philadelphia 76ers have put James Harden trade discussion on hold and will welcome the star guard back to training camp this fall. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted the news today, citing NBA sources:

ESPN Sources: The 76ers have ended trade talks on guard James Harden and plan to bring him back to training camp for start of the season. The Sixers had periodic offseason conversations with the Clippers — Harden’s desired destination — but no traction on a deal materialized.

Harden had reportedly asked for a trade as far back as June, but talks over the summer have stalled. The 14-year veteran opted into a $35.6 player option on his contract to facilitate a trade.

Harden averaged 21.0 points and 10.7 assists per game over 58 appearances for the Sixers last season. That per-game assist number led the NBA.

Harden was named an NBA All-Star for ten straight seasons before the 2022-23 campaign with Philadelphia. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the coming season if his contract is not extended.


Sam Amick of The Athletic is reporting that, no matter what the 76ers wish, sources close to James Harden affirm that he will not take part in training camp with the squad. Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey is well aware, the prospect of fixing this fractured relationship between Harden and the organization that he no longer wants to play for is not that simple.

Not even close.

No matter what signals the Sixers might send when it comes to trade talks, a source close to Harden reiterated that the 10-time All-Star and former MVP no longer wants to play for Philadelphia and has no plans of taking part in training camp. Does that mean he won’t report if a deal doesn’t go down by that point, or that he’ll make a messy spectacle of his training camp arrival like he did when he was trying to get out of Houston back in December of 2020? That part remains unclear, with Harden’s side still expressing a belief that there will be meaningful developments on the trade talk front before that time comes.