According to a recent report, James Harden has made his return to the Philadelphia 76ers and participated in the team’s Wednesday practice. However, it’s unlikely that he will be taking part in the 76ers’ upcoming season-opening game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Harden won’t be traveling with the team to Milwaukee as he focuses on improving his conditioning and game readiness.
Harden had missed practice sessions on both Monday and Tuesday, as well as the team’s final preseason game on Friday. This absence was initially attributed to a personal matter, and he had returned to his home in Houston during that time.
It’s important to note that Harden has been actively seeking a trade after exercising his $35.6 million player option for the 2023-24 season. As things stand, the 76ers are not obliged to trade him. He has expressed a desire to be traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, but negotiations have stalled, causing frustration on his part. Harden has publicly criticized Philadelphia’s president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, even referring to Morey as “a liar” and expressing his reluctance to be associated with any organization involving Morey during a promotional trip to China in August. Harden also stated earlier this month that his relationship with Morey was beyond repair.