Recently, Patrick Beverley revealed that James Harden's presence on the Philadelphia 76ers roster was a factor in his joining the franchise.
“Players are here to play, that decision is definitely above my pay grade, but you can’t redo a James Harden,” Beverley said. “So hell yeah, you want him here. Hell, you want him in the locker room. Hell, you want him first day of practice. One of my decisions coming here was because James Harden was here. So I hope he stays. Hope that everybody can kind of work something out and put that behind us and kind of move forward. I think it’s important.”
In Joel Embiid and Harden, the Sixers have one of the best pick-and-roll duos in the entire NBA. Daryl Morey has also spent the past 12 months constructing a roster that accentuates the duo's talents. Their presence on the roster is enticing to other free agents. Players want to play with the reigning MVP and a former MVP.
Yet, Harden wants out for whatever reason. The problem is it doesn't appear like any team is willing to part with the assets required to acquire the aging guard. Yes, Harden is an elite guard in the NBA, but his age, declining skillset, and reputation for jumping ship have seen his trade value plummet. Why would a team part with draft picks and playing personnel for someone who might want out in 18 months?
Morey loves Harden. When he first took over as the Sixers' GM, Morey moved mountains to bring Harden to the City of Brotherly Love. Morey would also welcome Harden back into the fold with open arms. If another GM was as infatuated with Harden as Morey, a trade would already be done. Harden was loved in Houston, and now he's loved in Philadelphia.
He might want to try his luck elsewhere in the league, but in truth, Harden's best chance of winning a championship next season might be in Philadelphia.