Sixers Update: Tyrese Maxey is ‘untouchable’ as the team hasn’t ruled out James Harden returning next season
The Philadelphia 76ers are (painfully) still trying to figure out what to do heading into the 2023-24 NBA season.
Tyrese Maxey is Untouchable?
According to Brian Windhorst from ESPN, the Sixers have let it be known that Tyrese Maxey is untouchable in trade talks.
“The other thing that the Sixers are wanting to be known is that they are not going to trade Tyrese Maxey. They have made this clear to various people over the recent days.”
Daryl Morey is such a dork.
I have no idea why the Sixers organization would say something like this about Tyrese Maxey outside of they are hoping that every NBA team will pick up the phone immediately and call to inquire about getting Maxey in a trade since apparently he’s the second-coming of LeBron James mixed with Michael Jordan.
Listen, I love Tyrese Maxey just like everyone else. He’s 22-years old and has definitely shown that he has the potential to be a star player in the NBA.
At the same time, if you can send him to Portland to land a bonafide superstar like Damian Lillard, the Sixers should 100 percent make that happen.
I said the same thing last season when Kevin Durant was looking to get out of Brooklyn.
There are simply players in the NBA that when available for a trade, there’s almost no one that’s ‘untouchable’.
Kevin Durant was one of those players. Damian Lillard is now one of them too.
Sixers Haven’t Ruled Out James Harden Returning
This is also circulating across the internet after reports are saying that the Sixers “haven’t ruled out” James Harden returning next season.
Well yeah, no shit the Philadelphia 76ers haven’t ruled out James Harden returning next season. That was blatantly obvious when Harden opted-in to his player option, looking for a trade that would land him somewhere else with a long term contract.
The second that happened, you had to realize that Harden was opting in because the long term contract he was seeking just wasn’t available from any other team in the NBA.
If it was available, he would have opted out of the player option and just hit free agency to sign a new contract elsewhere.
Now, the 76ers can’t trade him and he’s locked in for one more year with Philadelphia.
Run It Back??!?…..Ew
With each passing day, it looks like the Philadelphia 76ers are on a collision course to “Run It Back” next season, which obviously, will be a tough sell to a fanbase that is already completely fed up with this basketball team.