James Harden to Houston rumors continue to make their rounds, as Morey speaks with the media, saying they ‘make no sense’
For whatever reason, the national media keeps hammering home the rumor that James Harden is ‘serious’ about returning to the Houston Rockets in free agency after this season.
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Even with James Harden publicly shooting down the rumors a few months ago and Daryl Morey, speaking with SI.com earlier this week saying that the rumors “make no sense”, the folks over at ESPN, Yahoo, and Bleacher Report simply refuse to believe that’s true.
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Why? I honestly have no idea. Here’s what Morey had to say earlier this week about the rumors with Justin Grasso from Sports Illustrated.
“That [Harden to Houston rumor] makes no sense,” Morey said with a smile. “There just seems… that seems to be invented by someone. Look, I have to be honest. I don’t understand it at all.”
“Really all that matters is what’s in the players’ heads,” Morey continued. “I know in all our players’ heads, and James specifically, that he’s just focused on winning here. He’s done everything since he got here to just focus on winning the title. He’s never like… I find all these rumors very hard to believe. For sure, I know the thing that he wants to do is win a title. If, at some point, he decides we’re not the best place to win, then yeah, let’s have a conversation. But I know he feels like that’s here. And we feel like, for us, it’s with him here. So, to me, it’s sort of like a weird thing that’s come up.”
Yeah. That doesn’t sound like the Sixers or Morey are too concerned with Harden leaving at all.
Morey even stated on SportsCenter that “he’s gonna be wherever he feels like he has the best chance. Obviously his pairing with [Joel] Embiid is very, very good and we feel like it’s a great pairing for the long term.” which obviously makes perfect sense.
I mean at this point, who the hell knows. I really don’t think it matters regardless. The Sixers are 40-21 on the season and in third place in the Eastern Conference Standings. They are 3.5 games behind the Celtics in second, who are a half game behind the first place Bucks.
I’m sure how the Sixers perform in the playoffs this season will have an impact, but as of right now, I’m operating on the fact that Harden will stay true to his word and return to Philly after this season.
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