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The Los Angeles Clippers’ recent acquisition of James Harden from the 76ers via a trade has prompted skepticism from an anonymous NBA scout, casting doubts on the former MVP’s seamless integration into the team’s dynamic lineup.

Harden’s arrival in Los Angeles has triggered contemplation about the alignment of his playing style with established stars Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook, leading to concerns about potential playing time conflicts and strategic adjustments within the team’s framework.

In an interview with The Athletic’s Sam Amick, the anonymous scout voiced reservations about Harden’s adaptability and emphasized the challenges posed by his recent performance trajectory.

“Honestly, I don’t know if James Harden fits anywhere — like any team,” the scout remarked during a phone conversation with Amick. “And I don’t know how this fit is going to be. Maybe it’ll work out when the Clippers are injured and they have him playing instead of Kawhi.

“But for me, in the last couple of years watching James, I don’t think he has the same finishing ability. He doesn’t shoot the ball as well. He doesn’t have the same ability to get to the hole… He’s not the same player. And I don’t think he’s willing to say, ‘I’m going to be a distributor’ — which he’s very good at. But I don’t think he’s willing to step into that role.”