James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be officially done after the Beard said publicly in China over the weekend that Daryl Morey is a liar and that he will never play for the Sixers franchise again. Well, it appears that the guard has a reason to be angry.
On Saturday, the franchise officially took Harden off the trade market after negotiations with the Clippers fell through. According to NBC Sports’ John Clark, Philly never contacted Harden and his representatives about a potential new deal in free agency, despite previously saying talks would take place:
“I have been told that Daryl Morey’s Sixers never had an agreement, made an offer or shared proposals with James Harden and his representatives ahead of this year’s free agency. I understand that the Sixers told James and his representatives that they would meet with them at the beginning of free agency. James and his representatives did not like this scenario and opted for one year with the Sixers, asking for a trade. The Sixers considered possible trades, but there was nothing the Los Angeles Clippers or any other team liked.”
If what was written was true, Morey did not do well for his so-called friend from their days together with the Houston Rockets. Although Harden has not been the most consistent with the Sixers, it is hard to imagine that the Sixers could have a better co-star than him for Joel Embiid. He even agreed to a pay cut in 2021-22 to give Philadelphia the flexibility to add more role players around the duo.