The first sip
James Harden is so freaking funny.
James Harden: “Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of. Let me say that again: Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of.” pic.twitter.com/AmHJ0WwbF2— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 14, 2023
Harden, who requested a trade earlier this summer, has been pretty quiet on that front. Until now, when overseas in a room full of teenagers, Harden made a lot of noise. He has raise the temperature all the way up by publicly calling Daryl Morey a liar and seemingly at some handshake, totally under the table agreements with the 76ers. We have not seen a player ever get this close to exposing how the business works.
I remain baffled by Harden's strategy these past few years.— Yaron Weitzman (@YaronWeitzman) August 14, 2023
1. Turns down max extension from Nets
2. Takes paycut for re-sign with Sixers. Says it's about winning, then spends season hinting at his unhappiness in Philly.
4. Asks for max deal from Sixers. When doesn't get it,… https://t.co/qr7NxYxaCP
It’s also worth remembering that Harden’s trade demand, as well as the Damian Lillard trade saga, are the two big NBA trade stories still hanging out there. And both — but for the sake of this blog, we’ll focus on the Harden one — really impacts the East. Harden actually not playing for the 76ers — and maybe going West — maybe takes a contender off the board. And it impacts Joel Embiid, who is maybe the next star to hit the trade market. And that impacts the East too, whether he leaves the conference or is a New York Knick in the near future. (That impacts Donovan Mitchell’s future too, perhaps.)
The ripple effects are still be felt from what this Harden saga unfolds. Remember that as it unfolds.