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Report: Rockets star James Harden open to trade to Sixers, other contenders

James Harden, Sixers, Rockets

Houston Rockets star James Harden previously posited a preference to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. But Harden appears open to joining other contenders as it becomes more clear that a trade to the Nets might not be in the cards.

Tim MacMahon and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN now report Harden is interested in a potential move to the Philadelphia 76ers. It appears he also has a list of teams he would deem contenders that would be suitable as a landing spot:

Harden, the perennial MVP candidate who is holding out of training camp, previously requested to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets to form a super team with former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

After it was clear there was no traction in talks with the Nets, Harden expressed to the Rockets that he would be agreeable if a trade with the 76ers materialized, sources said. Harden also indicated that there could be other teams that fit his criteria for a preferred destination, a source said.

Shams Charania of The Athletic had previously reported the Sixers would have interest in Harden after Daryl Morey joined the team as president of basketball operations.

There have reportedly been no “substantive” talks between Philly and Houston, but that could change in short order.

James Harden has yet to report to Rockets camp after a weekend in Las Vegas. Head coach Stephen Silas said Monday there was no definitive timetable for his arrival, which is less than ideal for a first-year head coach who has two weeks to implement his systems.

Perhaps the Rockets will eventually decide they need to sever ties so as to have some level of normalcy. If that turns out to be the case, the Sixers could be a team to watch, though a deal might be complicated Morey has also said he has no plans to split up Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.