‣ The NBA is investigating James Harden’s absence from the Sixers’ season opener to determine if there was an approved reason for his lack of participation.
‣ Harden was not allowed to accompany the team on their road trip to Milwaukee and is rumored to want a trade out of Philadelphia.
‣ The Los Angeles Clippers have decided to pause trade talks with the Sixers for James Harden, as they want to see how their team performs with a healthy Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
The Philadelphia 76ers made a controversial decision to leave James Harden behind for their recent two-game road trip, and the NBA is looking for answers. The league has tightened its rules on resting healthy players, especially star players, particularly in nationally televised games like the Sixers’ season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks. NBA spokesman Mike Bass stated that they are investigating why Harden didn’t participate: “We’re looking into the facts around James Harden’s availability tonight to determine whether an approved reason exists for his lack of participation.”
It’s no secret that Harden wants to be traded out of Philadelphia, and he has even skipped some training sessions. Coach Nick Nurse explained that Harden didn’t travel with the team to work on rebuilding his condition. However, Bleacher Report revealed that Harden attempted to board the team’s plane but was stopped by a security official. The Sixers coach simply stated that Harden didn’t travel for conditioning purposes.
ESPN insider Ramona Shelburne weighed in on Harden’s situation, stating that the team must operate as if he’s not there because he hasn’t been competing or taking contact drills. Shelburne believes it will be a while before Harden returns to the court with the Sixers, and even if he does come back, he will need time to ramp up his basketball shape.
The Los Angeles Clippers have been in talks with the Sixers about acquiring Harden. However, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers have decided to pause the trade negotiations for now. They want to see how the team performs with a healthy Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Although this decision isn’t final, the Clippers feel no pressure to continue as they believe they are the only serious bidder for Harden.