James Harden Expected to Participate in 76ers’ Training Camp

James Harden at a promotional event of Adidas during his China tour in 2017
James Harden at a promotional event of Adidas during his China tour in 2017. Photo by Shutterstock (8991895i)

James Harden might want to leave the Philadelphia 76ers, but it appears he won’t go to extreme lengths in order to get what he wants. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Harden is expected to participate in the 76ers’ training camp ahead of the 2023-24 NBA season.

Harden hasn’t been there for the opening of the camp but is on his way to rejoin the team, which is currently practicing at the campus of Colorado State University Tuesday.  

When asked about Harden after Tuesday’s practice, the 76ers’ new head coach Nick Nurse didn’t want to go into details.

“I do know that he wasn’t here today,” Nurse said. “If he’s here tomorrow, like we’ve said on everything, we will get ready to make some adjustments on everything.”

After the 76ers didn’t offer him a satisfying contract extension this offseason, James Harden picked up his player option for the 2023-24 season and asked the front office to trade him. While Philly engaged in trade talks with several teams since then, nothing materialized.

Harden made it clear to the 76ers that the Los Angeles Clippers are his preferred destination. The Los Angeles team is also interested in acquiring the former NBA MVP, but their offers so far have been described as “underwhelming.”

Harden played 58 games with Philly last season, averaging 21.0 points and 6.1 rebounds while leading the league with 10.7 assists.