James Harden is still not with the Sixers as the 10-time All-Star looks for his trade demand to be fulfilled.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that Harden remains away from the team and there’s uncertainty surrounding his availability for the season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks.
It is increasingly unclear whether Harden will be available to play in the Sixers opener vs. Milwaukee on Thursday, sources said. https://t.co/oRzkRhwxFL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 23, 2023
Harden missed practice all last week due to a personal matter, according to the Sixers.
Harden has now been away from the Sixers for over a week and didn’t participate in any preseason games. Even if he was to return ahead of Thursday’s season opener, it seems unlikely that the team would throw him into the fire with no reps underneath his belt.
If he is to miss their season opener, the 76ers will miss his playmaking ability against arguably the best team in the conference. However, it might be beneficial for Harden to be away from the team as they attempt to make a trade work with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers can develop chemistry with the guys they do have, we can get an extended look at Tyrese Maxey handling the ball and the off-court distractions can be kept to a minimum.
The season is fast approaching and Harden remains a Sixer with the Clippers not meeting the team’s asking price. When and if he’ll return to the Sixers remains to be seen.