“Hairy” James Harden recently declared to reporters in China that he would “never play for the Philadelphia 76ers as long as Daryl Morey is president”. He even went so far as to call Morey a “liar.토토사이트
Harden’s anger was fueled by the team’s offer to trade him if he exercised his $35.6 million player option for next season.
if he exercised his $35.6 million player option next season.
Harden then publicly criticized Morey for pressuring him to trade.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, however, disagrees.
On Sunday’s episode of “Get Up,” he explained that Harden’s pressure tactics may not work. Philadelphia could interfere with Harden’s eligibility for free agency next summer.
Windhorst said, “It’s not that simple. It’s not easy for Harden to hold out because there’s an NBA CBA rule that says if he doesn’t show up within 30 days of training camp opening, Philadelphia has the rights,” Windhorst said.
If Harden doesn’t show up for training camp, Philadelphia can take away his free agency rights.
“Harden’s leverage is going to be very limited because of the clause that was put in to prevent this holdout situation,” he said.
Philadelphia has reportedly made trade demands that other teams can’t meet. Even the Los Angeles Clippers, Harden’s preferred destination, reportedly balked.
“Harden’s best bet is to play this season in Philadelphia and then hit free agency,” Windhorst advised.
Harden did just that, demanding trades from the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets. However, Philadelphia is unlikely to let him go that easily.