- Harden had yet to play for the Sixers this year after publicly bashing Morey
- He previously demanded a trade and reportedly said he wanted to be a Clipper
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James Harden has reportedly been traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to his desired destination: the Los Angeles Clippers.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced the agreement Tuesday morning at 2 a.m. EST, effectively ending months of feuds between Harden and Daryl Morey, the 76ers’ president of basketball operations.
In return for Harden, the Sixers will add multiple draft picks, experienced role players like Marcus Morris, Nic Batum and Robert Covington, as well as 22-year-old spark plug Kenyon Martin Jr.
Meanwhile, the Clippers will also sign veteran forwards PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev, sources told ESPN.
Neither Harden’s agent nor team spokespeople immediately responded to DailyMail.com’s request for confirmation.
James Harden has reportedly been traded to his desired destination: the Los Angeles Clippers
Morey and Harden have been at odds since the former MVP opted out of the final year of his contract
Harden, who did not play this season, had originally hoped to sign a long-term deal with Philadelphia after the 2022-23 season, but that offer never materialized. The 34-year-old former MVP then opted out of the final year of his contract in June, but reportedly under the assumption that he would be traded by Morey.
By picking up his player option for the current 2023-24 season, Harden retained his $35.6 million salary and placed his future in Morey’s hands, which is where the problems between the two began.
They previously predicted a good working relationship dating back to their time together with the Houston Rockets, but Harden has publicly excoriated Morey in recent months.
The worst was in August, when Harden called Morey a “liar” during an offseason event in China.
“Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of any organization he is a part of,” Harden said. “Let me say this again: Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of any organization he is a part of.”
Harden picked up his $35.6 million contract option for next season with the 76ers in June
Harden did not play in the preseason and missed much of training camp in what was officially described as a personal matter. He ultimately showed up at the team complex in Camden, New Jersey, ready to play on Wednesday.
Coach Nick Nurse said Harden attended practice but was ultimately held out of Philadelphia’s first three games.
Harden will now join fellow All-Stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on a Clippers team that is off to a 2-1 start.
Clippers president Lawrence Frank managed to bring in his career’s 24.7-point scorer without missing coveted backup Terance Mann.