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Joel Embiid On Potentially Playing With James Harden: "That's Like You Asking Me, Would You Like to Play With Steph Curry? Top Players Make Each Other Better, And He's In That Category."

Joel Embiid On Potentially Playing With James Harden: "That's Like You Asking Me, Would You Like to Play With Steph Curry? Top Players Make Each Other Better, And He's In That Category."

The situation with the Philadelphia 76ers is odd, considering that the team are doing so well during this regular season. Led by Joel Embiid, the Sixers are in the thick of the fight for the first seed in the Eastern Conference. This is despite the ongoing saga with Ben Simmons, who still hasn't been traded but has refused to play for Philly. Rumors have been going around about what might happen with Simmons but there is no concrete information yet. 

One of the more exciting rumors has been a potential trade with the Brooklyn Nets for superstar James Harden, who is not as happy as he could be with the Nets. While it still seems like a very unlikely situation, there has to be some fire behind the smoke. Joel Embiid isn't thinking too much about it, though, something he made clear on Mike Missanelli's The Fanatic radio show (via PhillyVoice).

"He plays for the Brooklyn Nets, and there's nothing I can do about that," Embiid said. "That's like you asking me a question like, would you love playing with Steph Curry? Obviously, the top players all make each other better, and he's in that category of just being able to — and he's gotten close before. 

"He's gotten to the conference finals, he's gotten close to making it to the Finals, but that's something I really can't comment about because he plays for another team, and it's not realistic. 

"We all see the same thing on the internet, and I don't know what's true and what's not. I do believe with the guys we have, my teammates, I do believe that we have a chance together. It's going to take all of us to play at the highest level possible to compete."

The prospect of Harden joining Embiid, who is playing at an MVP level for the past two seasons, is an incredible one and something that Philly fans will be desperate to see. However, a lot depends on how close the Nets get to winning the championship this season, as the organization will be hoping to keep the Beard for as long as they can. Any potential move will likely occur in the offseason, so it makes sense that Embiid focuses on the remainder of the season instead.