Philadelphia is expected to re-engage LA on a Harden trade later this offseason, as it wants to honor the 10-time NBA All-Star’s trade request, The Athletic reported Tuesday.
Harden requested a trade after opting into his $35.6 million salary for the 2023-24 NBA season in June, just 16 months after requesting a trade to Philadelphia from the Brooklyn Nets — who acquired him from the Houston Rockets in January 2021.
Harden averaged 21.0 points, an NBA-high 10.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 44.1/38.5/86.7 last season. The 76ers lost in seven games to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 3 seed. Philadelphia center Joel Embiid was named league MVP.
Meanwhile, the Clippers lost in five games to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs as the No. 5 seed, which came with Leonard missing Games 3-5 due to a knee injury and George missing the playoffs entirely with a leg injury.
Harden is one of two veteran stars whose trade requests are in limbo, as seven-time All-Star Damian Lillard is also roughly one month removed from requesting a trade. Lillard is seeking a trade from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Miami Heat, with The Athletic noting that there’s “no traction” on a deal.
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