The Damian Lillardtrade has immediately opened up the market for more trades. Many teams had been pursuing Dame from the Blazers, but they have finally struck a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade, landing Dame in Milwaukee. This trade has evidently reignited the James Hardentrade rumors, especially with Jrue Holiday now available for trade.
Jrue Holiday, the piece that was traded to kickstart ‘The Process’ in Philadelphia, is now on the trading block for the Blazers, as he doesn’t align with the young Blazers’ timeline. With Harden consistently demanding a trade and their former franchise player available for trade, rumors are circulating in the news about a potential trade in the works for the NBA champion.
Harden has continually taken shots at the Philadelphia 76ers’ President of Basketball Operations, Daryl Morey. Recently, he was seen partying in a club where a sign reading ‘Daryl Morey Is a Liar’ was being waved around. It clearly conveyed the message Harden has been trying to express for a long time now. Harden has been upset with Morey ever since he was not offered a max extension in free agency, which was followed by failed trade talks with the Clippers. Harden has been criticizing Morey throughout the entire offseason and is eager to leave Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia 76ers are using every bit of leverage they have to keep James Harden in Philadelphia. Harden requested a trade after opting into his player option at the start of free agency. His requests were not fulfilled, and Philly decided to bring Harden back for training camp. Harden is also employing every tactic in his arsenal to force his way out of the franchise.
After months of calling Daryl Morey a liar, Harden has now decided not to show up for media day ahead of training camp. Harden is doing this in protest of his requests not being fulfilled by the Philadelphia 76ers. Philly has shown no interest in trading Harden away. But now with Jrue available on the market, they can make a move to reunite their former star with the team for one last run. As he has mentioned before that he plans to retires following his contract expiration.
Ritvik Malhotra is an NBA editor and writer for FirstSportz. He has previously worked with renowned media outlets such as FootTheBall and EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for nearly a decade and has been a diehard fan of Kevin Durant since his heydays with the Oklahoma City Thunder. When not writing about the beautiful game, he enjoys his rock playlist.
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