The James Harden-Philadelphia 76ers experience is now officially over. Harden was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers after suiting up for just 79 regular season games with the “City of Brotherly Love”. His stint in Philadelphia somehow ended up being even shorter than his pitstop in Brooklyn, where he played a mere 80 regular-season games.
Harden has now demanded a trade three separate times from three different franchises and everyone can say with confidence that despite the high hopes of some of “The Beard” truthers and Clippers fans alike, Harden will not be happy in Los Angeles either.
Harden initially demanded a trade from the Houston Rockets back in 2021 after claiming to reporters that the Rockets team was “just not good enough”. The grass was not greener on the other side however when he landed with the Brooklyn Nets “Superteam” and the trio of Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant only played 16 games together.
Less than a year after demanding a trade from Houston, The Beard was asking out yet again, despite being on a much more talented roster with fellow superstars. He was then shipped to Philadelphia, where he wanted to be all along with Daryl Morey. Shockingly enough (sarcasm), Harden found a way to burn that bridge as well, ending his time in Philadelphia in dramatic fashion by asking out and calling Daryl Morey a liar when he was marketing his brand over in China.
So… here we are again. Harden has been traded to the Clippers along with PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev for Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, and multiple picks, as well as a pick swap. Will this be happily ever after? Certainly not. Harden is sure to burn this bridge as well, it’s just a matter of how and when.