Insider says James Harden has a ‘fractured’ relationship with Daryl Morey

Sacramento's James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center on December 13, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  ngs vs philadelphia 76ers
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The presence of Daryl Morey was one of the main reasons why the Philadelphia 76ers were able to land James Harden a few seasons back.

During his days with the Houston Rockets, Morey always advocated for Harden, consistently yielding to many of his demands and earning him a lot of money in the process.

However, now that Harden wants out of the Sixers and Morey refuses to seriously consider trading him, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that their relationship has fallen apart (via The Rally).

Notably, Harden is adamant on playing for the Los Angeles Clippers next season, yet Morey has set a hefty price tag for his services.

Harden could have opted out of his contract and signed with the Clippers for whatever amount they could offer him, but he chose that option after he realized the market for him was no longer there.

Morey is doing his job of maximizing the value of each of his possessions, but Harden is the kind of guy who makes things difficult when he doesn’t get his way.

He was forced out of Houston and things got bad very quickly, and then when he wanted to leave the Nets he did the same.

Harden wants to play for the Clippers, but he also wants to be paid top dollar, and sometimes one can’t get everything they want.

He is still under contract with the Sixers and playing someone like him with a grudge is a terrible idea, but the Clippers will have to pay if they are serious about getting him.

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