The NBA announced Tuesday that it has fined Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden $100,000 for comments he made about 76ers president Daryl Morey last week.
The investigation determined that Harden’s comments were because the 76ers had yet to trade him.
Harden, 33, signed up for the second season of a two-year, $68.6 million deal with the 76ers in June and immediately requested a trade, hoping to be sent to the Los Angeles Clippers to work with the star forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to work together.
Harden, a former MVP, three-time scoring champion and 10-time All-Star, averaged 21.0 points, a league-high 10.7 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game last season while he shot 44.1/38.5/86.7. Teammate Joel Embiid earned the 2022–23 NBA MVP honors, but the 76ers lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the second round of the playoffs.
Prior to Morey’s arrival in Philadelphia in 2020 — and Harden’s arrival at the 2022 NBA trade deadline — he took over Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 as general manager of the Houston Rockets; Harden and Morey were part of the same NBA franchise (Rockets and 76ers) for a total of 11 seasons.
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