As we near the end of summer and most of the dust has been settled by the NBA Free Agency, bettors know there are still several star players looking for a change of scenery. And one of those stars is future Philadelphia 76ers Hall of Famer James Harden, who gave his trading saga a new twist in Philly during a trip to China.
“[Sixers general manager] Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be part of the organization he is part of,” Harden said at the Adidas media event.
So which team will Harden play for next season?
Let’s take a look at the hypothetical odds for Harden’s next squad.
JAMES HARDEN Next Team Odds*
Los Angeles Clippers: -115 (bet $10 to win $30 total)
Philadelphia 76ers: +120 (bet $10 to win $22 total)
New York Knicks: +700 (bet $10 to win $80 total)
Miami Heat: +1000 (bet $10 to win $110 total)
Phoenix Suns: +1000 ($10 wager to win $110 total)
Houston Rockets: +2000 (bet $10 to win $30 total)
Los Angeles Lakers: +2000 (bet $10 to win a total of $30)
Toronto Raptors: 2500 (Bet $10 to win $35 total)
Chicago Bulls: +3000 (bet $10 to win $40 total)
Dallas Mavericks: +4000 (bet $10 to win $50 total)
*Rates as of 08/14/2023
From Harden’s point of view, Morey seems to have told him things would be different with his contract. So early summer, Harden has taken his $35.6 million option with the Sixers, making it easier to facilitate the trade he wants.
There have been trade talks since then, but Harden has stayed with the 76ers and Philly said over the weekend that was the case no plans to trade himclearly a decision that angered Harden.
Now it seems a matter of time before Harden gets a transfer unless the 76ers can somehow reconcile the situation.
The team with the lowest odds of landing Harden is this Los Angeles Clippers, a team that could build its own version of a Big 3 by adding him to the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George tandem. If James goes to Los Angeles, the Clippers’ chances of winning the title will immediately diminish. And if Leonard and George can stay healthy, LAC could be worth a future injection.
Likewise the lakers – a team with +2000 chances of catching Harden – are looking for a star guard to complement LeBron James and Anthony Davis and create their own trio of superstars. With Damian Lillard moving to LAL out of the question, Harden could be a great addition to a team in dire need of another goalscorer/agent.
So where will Harden play in 2023? Stay tuned FOX Sports for the latest on one of the top stories of the NBA offseason.
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