Approximately a month ago, the Philadelphia 76ers officially announced the cessation of trade discussions involving James Harden. Despite this decision, Harden made it clear that he had no intentions of returning to the training camp scheduled for this month, expressing his desire for a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Clippers have also opted to terminate their trade negotiations concerning the Sixers’ guard. Windhorst shared this development during a recent episode of The Hoop Collective Podcast. He revealed that Philadelphia had indeed attempted to trade for Harden, but ultimately, it was the Clippers who decided to end the negotiations for his acquisition. Windhorst stated, “[The Clippers] pursued a trade for James Harden, but that deal didn’t come to fruition. Based on what I understand, it was the Clippers who said, ‘There’s no deal here. We’re going to explore other options.’ I assume that while they may still consider a midseason deal, this is their current stance.”
Leading up to the 2023-24 season, the Clippers were seen as the prime destination for Harden. In June, the player had formally requested a trade from the 76ers and had even exercised his player option for the upcoming season, amounting to $35.6 million USD. Although Harden had also considered the possibility of joining the New York Knicks, no concrete agreement materialized between the two teams. With the NBA season set to commence in October, it appears that Harden will remain with the Sixers for the time being. However, the nature of ongoing discussions between team management and the player remains uncertain, especially in light of his outspoken dissatisfaction with the front office.