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NBA Rumors: 76ers Believe James Harden Won't Re-Sign With Nets In Free Agency

James Harden

James Harden has been a crucial player for the Brooklyn Nets all season as the second offensive option behind Kevin Durant. He has been averaging 22.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, and 10.2 APG for the team.

There have been recent rumors about James Harden potentially being unhappy with the Brooklyn Nets. Harden will be a free agent at the end of the season, and it seems as though he may leave. Sam Amick of The Athletic has recently revealed that the 76ers believe that James Harden will be "heading elsewhere" in the offseason.

This is what I do know. I know the Nets continue to publicly claim that the level of Harden’s discontent is overblown, and I know that the Sixers — whose front office is run by the guy with more Harden history than any other executive in former Rockets general manager Daryl Morey — truly believe that Harden is heading elsewhere this summer.

It could be Philly, or the Clippers, or some other place where he doesn’t have to wonder if Kyrie Irving is playing that night or if his well-chronicled style of play will be pegged as a problem whenever times are tough. As our Shams Charania reported recently, there have been “growing concerns” about Harden’s style of play of late — and that was before he started missing games with a sore hamstring. But the Sixers, sources say, strongly believe he won’t re-sign with the Nets and remain hopeful that Brooklyn sees the light before the deadline buzzer sounds.

This report comes amidst talks between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers about a Ben Simmons - James Harden trade. It remains to be seen if a deal with that framework does end up happening.

If the 76ers were to acquire James Harden prior to the trade deadline, that would immediately give them one of the best if not the best duo in the Eastern Conference. James Harden would be the perfect co-star for Joel Embiid, and perhaps we'll see that duo in the future.