James Harden Interested In Playing In China In Future

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James Harden, who has requested a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers, is interested in playing in China in the future. The 2017-18 NBA MVP, who just finished his China tour with Adidas, is adored by fans in China.

“Every time I come here, the love is just like … it’s crazy, you know what I mean?” Harden said, via NBA reporter Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “So I feel like they deserve to actually see me come play here. … Love is always crazy here.”

Once Harden retires from the NBA, he could take his talents to China. Right now, though, the future Hall of Famer is trying to get traded by the Sixers.

Harden calling Philadelphia president Daryl Morey a liar is just the beginning of what he’s going to do to make the Sixers uncomfortable. The 10-time NBA All-Star wants the Sixers to trade him to the Los Angeles Clippers and he’s willing to go to great lengths to make sure Philadelphia doesn’t bring him to training camp.

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Harden is unhappy with Morey over the lack of a long-term maximum-level contract offer this summer. The Sixers have ended trade talks involving Harden and plan to bring him back to training camp for the start of next season, setting up an uncomfortable situation. Philadelphia had periodic trade conversations with LAC, but no traction on a deal materialized.

The Sixers agreed to search out a trade upon Harden’s request after he agreed to pick up his $35.6 million player option for next season in June. However, Philadelphia’s asking price for Harden was steep and no teams were willing or able to meet it. The Sixers believe they will be a championship contender with Harden’s return alongside Joel Embiid and the team is determined to find a way to make it work with Harden next season.

However, according to NBA insider Sam Amick of The Athletic, Harden has no plans of taking part in training camp with the Sixers. The Beard requested trades from the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets and got traded by both franchises.

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In 58 games for the Sixers last season, Harden averaged 21.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 10.7 assists while shooting 44.1% from the field, 38.5% from beyond the arc and 86.7% from the free-throw line. He led the NBA in assists per game for the second time in his career.

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