According to all the reports in the past 48 hours, James Harden's move to Philly is more a "when" than an "if." One reporter even believes Harden “quit” on Brooklyn because winning the title is more complicated than what he thought it would be. Is he right?
Harden wants out
Rumors surfaced that Harden is not happy with Kyrie Irving’s part-time job as a player and the team’s recent struggles. Harden, who teamed up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie in Brooklyn, may have realized winning a title is harder than he thought it would be. For Nets reporter Erik Slater, he believes The Beard quit on his team.
James is currently sidelined due to left hamstring tightness, but fans are anxiously waiting for developments before the trade deadline as there’s allegedly a chance for a swap with Ben Simmons. Steve Nash and Kevin Durant have recently came out expressing an unwavering determination that Harden will stay in Brooklyn, but at this point, that sounds more like a negotiating strategy to drive the price up than a certainty Harden will truly stay.
One thing is for sure - whether he stays in Brooklyn or moves to Philly, that left hamstring will suddenly be much better after the trade deadline.
Why it makes sense for Harden to stay
Based on current events, Harden has a higher chance of winning a title with Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Nets are currently on an 8-game slide and Kevin Durant’s return is still up in the air. To make things even worse, Kyrie’s inconsistent performances concern fans who thought everything would be solved with his return.
If James wants to play for other contenders, he has every right to do so. After all, things happened outside what he signed up for. When the Big 3 decided to play for Brooklyn, they expected a complete, loaded roster ready to compete for a title. But Irving’s vaccination stance, player movement, and injuries derailed the plans.
In my opinion, James Harden should stay put for now and weather the adversities. After all, once Kyrie Irving gets going and KD returns, the Nets can finally find out if the gamble on the Big 3 was worth it. With today's superstars, who the hell knows. Make sure your Twitter alerts for Shams and Woj are on; we are in for a wild trade deadline.