According to a report by Sam Amick of The Athletic, James Harden has officially requested a trade from the 76ers and expressed his desire to join the Clippers. Sources close to the situation have confirmed that the Sixers are already engaged in discussions regarding Harden’s desired move.
Harden, a Los Angeles native, is reportedly upset with how the Sixers handled his potential free agency and has made his dissatisfaction known within the organization. Despite the challenges of sharing the spotlight with reigning MVP Joel Embiid, there was a belief that the opportunity to contend for his first championship might persuade Harden to stay. However, recent signals from Philadelphia led him to seek opportunities elsewhere.
While a deal with the Clippers seems likely, it remains to be seen whether Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey will grant Harden’s unexpected wish. Sources indicate that there is strong optimism on Harden’s side that the trade will materialize. Both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are reportedly supportive of the idea of adding Harden to their core.
This past season Harden averaged 21 points, 6.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists in 36.8 minutes per game.