According to ESPN reporter Brian Windhost, the Clippers will not trade James Harden (guard, 196cm, 100kg) from the Philadelphia 76ers. When Harden stayed in Philadelphia using a player option, the Clippers were not at all willing to trade. However, if Philadelphia had to send Harden, it was natural to ask for corresponding conditions. To the extent that the inclusion of Terrence Man (Clippers) became a topic of discussion.
But there was no trade. Regardless of whether Man was included or not, even if the Clippers were brought to Harden, it was not clear how much more actively they would be able to approach the championship challenge. The existing one-two punch Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are somewhat vulnerable to injury. Retaining the player base is important. However, it is not easy to maintain the player base if Harden is brought in.
According to local news, it is known that Philadelphia wanted nomination rights rather than a sense of power through Harden. But this is natural. If Philadelphia has to trade the league’s best guard in Harden, it’s natural to want a sense of power or a first-round ticket right away. However, the Clippers have already exhausted multiple picks in the George trade. It is burdensome to use the nomination right or the exchange ticket in the future.
Philadelphia would not have been satisfied even if they had used the trading rights transferred to the Oklahoma City Thunder due to the George trade as a negotiating tool. In the end, it seems that the difference between the two sides was considerable, and it is understood that the Clippers also withdrew from the negotiations altogether. Given that Harden recently talked about trades with other clubs, even if it is not the Clippers, it is sufficient that the Clippers withdrew from the trade.
In the end, only Harden became somewhat ambiguous. He stayed on for the Clippers. If the options were exercised at the same time, Philadelphia might have considered a second option to negotiate an extension straight away. 토토 However, looking at the various news that has already come out, it seems that Harden has not received any offers for an initial long-term contract or an extended contract thereafter. It is understandable that Harden made a stronger request for a trade.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnalowski reported that Harden may participate in a training camp for the upcoming 2023-2024 season. Harden, who initially expressed his intention to not attend the camp, seems to have decided to join Philadelphia. It is assumed that this is because the trade is not easy and it is necessary to maintain value for trade during the season.