The James Harden trade saga may soon come to an end, as the LA Clippers — Harden’s preferred trade destination — are “making great efforts” to improve their offer for the 10-time All-Star, according to a report from The Athletic on Thursday.
“League sources say the Clippers have discussed with several teams ways to move draft picks trades for additional capital in an effort to bolster their offer and reach a deal,” The Athletic reported.
Harden, 34, signed a two-year, $68.6 million contract with the Sixers in 2022, which included a player option for the 2023-24 season. Harden picked up the $35.6 million option this summer with the intention of forcing a trade with the Clippers, but so far no deal has been reached.
In August, shortly after negotiations between the Sixers and Clippers broke down, Harden called Sixers general manager Daryl Morey a “liar” for not honoring his trade request. The NBA fined Harden $100,000 for his comments.
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Harden is currently in Fort Collins, Colorado with the Philadelphia 76ers for training camp. Harden practiced with the team on Wednesday although he did not appear at the Sixers’ media day on Monday. New Sixers head coach Nick Nurse said Harden “looked good” in his first practice with the team.
In 58 appearances with the Sixers last season, Harden averaged 21 points, a game-high 10.7 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Harden has averaged at least 20 points and 10 assists four times in his career.
The Sixers will open their preseason with a game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, October 8.
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