The Philadelphia 76ers just acquired James Harden in a blockbuster deal with the Brooklyn Nets, but it appears his debut with the team is going to have to wait. The Sixers announced on Monday that Harden is still rehabbing a hamstring injury and will be out through the All-Star Break, which means he won't be participating in the festivities in Cleveland.
The Sixers say James Harden is out through the All-Star break as he continues to rehabilitate his left hamstring, and that he won’t play in the All-Star Game.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 14, 2022
Far from ideal for Philly, who traded away numerous key pieces in order to get The Beard. He hasn't played since February 2nd due to the hamstring issue. There was some belief Harden was sitting out because he wanted to be traded, but it's clear he's actually hurt. The Sixers have a total of two games this week before the break as they face the Boston Celtics on Tuesday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
By the time he potentially suits up, it will be almost a month sidelined from the court. Hopefully, Harden can come back at full strength when the Sixers get back at it on February 25th against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fans can't wait to see what Joel Embiid and Harden can do, but getting him healthy is the number one priority right now. For the time being, it will be up to Embiid to carry the load as usual.