Charles Barkley says James Harden is past his prime and will never get another long-term deal
James Harden has dominated Philadelphia 76ers and really, NBA headlines during the summer offseason.
It is now September 2nd, there really hasn’t been much movement on Harden’s current standoff with the Sixers’ organization. Today will be no different.
There’s really nothing new to report on in regards to the Sixers and Harden, but Charles Barkley recently joined The Bill Simmons Podcast to discuss the situation.
Charles Barkley on the “The Bill Simmons Podcast”
Make the best trade possible and go on. … I think it’s just time to move on from him. That’s just my personal opinion. Just make the best trade because if he comes there, he’s gonna be miserable, I think he holds (Tyrese) Maxey back, so I think ‘Hey, give us a couple good players’ … He’s done in Philly. … He was a helluva player, but he’s past his prime. … Nobody’s gonna give you a long-term deal. You’re past your prime. First of all, you’re making $36 million this year. Don’t act like that’s chump change. … He’s gonna have to take less money if he wanna continue to play. Plain and simple.
This isn’t the first time Barkley stated that the Sixers need to move forward with Maxey and Embiid. Back in July, he spoke with NBC Sports Philadelphia and basically said the same thing to Amy Fadool.
I’m with Charles Barkley.
We are roughly a month away from Sixers’ Training Camp beginning on October 3rd and while the team expects Harden to be there ready to play, I certainly doubt that will go over well.
There’s little-to-no chance that Harden comes back after all that’s unfolded over the past few months ready and willing to play basketball. That is of course, if he even decides to show up.
The Sixers need to trade James Harden and get the best possible package in return.
At this point, the organization should be focusing on moving forward with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey as the two franchise cornerstones while looking ahead to next season when they can finally rid themselves of Tobias Harris’ contract.