James Harden explains ‘false’ comment in NBA investigation about Daryl Morey’s attitude, 76sec

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The NBA has reportedly launched an investigation after Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden called the team’s president of basketball operations Daryl Morey a “liar” in front of an audience at a recent event in China. Harden also said that he would “never be a part of the[More’s]organization that he is a part of”.

As part of its investigation, the league reportedly received an explanation for the comments.

Harden exercised his $35.6 million option for the 2023-24 season in June. He told league investigators he made that decision because Morey told Harden he would trade Harden “quickly,” according to The Athletic’s Journal. Shams Al-Shaaraniyyah. Now, the team reportedly plans to keep Harden despite that promise.

April 15, 2023;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA;  Philadelphia 76ers James Harden (1) guards against the Brooklyn Nets during Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center.  Mandatory credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden has reportedly spoken to NBA investigators. (Eric Hartline-USA Today Sports)

Harden was reportedly under the impression Morey would help him move to the Los Angeles Clippers. The two parties reportedly engaged in talks, but no agreement was reached, according to ESPN.

The league’s investigation was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Who said the investigation is primarily focused on determining whether Harden’s 2023-24 threat had anything to do with attempts to circumvent the salary cap by the 76ers. There were no reports indicating that Philadelphia entered into an improper agreement with Harden regarding a future contract.

When Harden returned from China, he doubled down by answering “I think so” when Jason Bristol from KHOU 11 He was asked if his relationship with the 76ers was beyond repair. He added that he “was patient all summer”.

With the 76ers stalling trade discussions, Harden doesn’t seem to have much clout, especially since Morey’s words and past actions show he’s unlikely to be pressured into a deal. Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports reports that Morey “covets a future first-round draft pick” in a trade and “believes Morey wants those picks more than the productivity of (Clippers guard Terrence) Mann – who has an affordable number in the next two years ($10.5 million). on 23-24, $11.4 million on 24-25).

When Ben Simmons didn’t want to play in Philadelphia, Morey kept him for most of the 2021-22 season so he could make a trade to the Brooklyn Nets for Harden.

Harden is set to turn 34 this month and reportedly plans to report to Philadelphia training camp in October. but with ugly 2021 exit from the Houston Rockets As a precedent, it seems likely that Harden will continue to vocalize his displeasure.

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