The James Harden to Philly rumors are starting to heat up.
There have been lots of rumors that the Sixers have turned down lots of deals for Ben Simmons (grouped with Tobias Harris) because they think they have a good shot at getting James Harden in the offseason.
Risky but according to Kendrick Perkins, it’s not just a rumor.
While talking on the All the Smoke podcast, Perk says that Harden didn’t sign his extension on purpose and his people have been telling Philly that he wants to play with Joel Embiid and he says it’s all facts.
The Sixers would be title favorites with those two.
Here is what Harden had to say about it.
The Brooklyn Nets won’t listen to trade-deadline overtures for All-NBA guard James Harden, a resolve rooted in Harden’s repeated insistences to ownership and management that he’s committed to staying and winning a championship with the franchise, sources told ESPN.
Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks are buoyed not only by Harden’s consistent internal stance, but the shared public and private belief among superstars Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving that the three make the Nets an unstoppable team when playing together.
Once Durant returns to the lineup in February from a sprained MCL injury, the expectation is that the Nets will get an ample window to prove that again this season. Irving is still limited by a New York City mandate that prohibits unvaccinated players from performing at home.
This isn’t facts from Perkins it is just an opinion based on I assume one of his sources. A lot will depend on what happens with the Nets in the playoffs. If they fail to win the NBA title, Harden is definitely gone. If they do win, they might be gone but because he would have accomplished his goal of winning a title.
Flip the page to see the video of Perkins explaining what Harden has one foot out the door.