76ers trade James Harden to LA Clippers

76ers trade James Harden to LA Clippers
James Harden's tumultuous relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers seems to be over after the team decided to deal the 10-time All-Star guard to the Los Angeles Clippers, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Sixers receive Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Nicolas Batum, KJ Martin, and several draft picks in exchange for Harden, P.J. Tucker, and Filip Petrusev going to the Clippers.

For comments, CNN has reached out to the Sixers, the Clippers, and Harden's agent.

The 34-year-old, who hasn't played for Philadelphia this season, is going to join the Clippers, who already have Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and former teammate Russell Westbrook as stars. This might create a potential superteam in Los Angeles.

The last several months of Harden's tenure with the Sixers have been contentious. When questioned about trade negotiations at an event in China, he previously claimed that his relationship with the team was "beyond repair" and termed team president Daryl Morey a "liar."

At the time, Morey was "not surprised by Harden's commentary and his attempt to make things personal," according to a Sixers team member with knowledge of the circumstances.

The NBA penalized Harden $100,000 in August for making what it referred to as "public trade demands" because of his "belief that the 76ers would not accommodate his request to be traded."

After another disappointing playoff exit the previous season, Harden reportedly made it obvious to the Sixers that he wanted to be dealt over the offseason. Harden missed a portion of the team's training camp.

Numerous media stories, including one from ESPN's Wojnarowski, claim that the Sixers dedicated the majority of their offseason on granting the desires of the 2018 league MVP.

Harden has aired his displeasure with one of his teams on previous occasions. After declaring that the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough" during an uninspiring playoff exit, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2021.

He was traded from the Nets to the Sixers the next season, following reports that he wanted to leave Brooklyn.

With Harden joining the club, the Clippers, who are 2-1 on the year, might challenge for their first NBA title in franchise history. This year's team is lead by Leonard, George, and Westbrook, and they have gathered an experienced and talented group.
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