a crack between james harden and Sixers management stems from a disagreement over how his free agency was handled this summer, according to Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice.com. While Harden and his representatives don’t appear to bear any ill will toward their teammates, the break with management could get even uglier.
The relationship between Harden and the top executive daryl morey is “essentially fractured,” Shams Charania said on The Rally (Twitter link). Harden believes Philadelphia never intended to make him a long-term offer. Toughen refused a $47MM player option and took a $15MM pay cut last summer to help the Sixers make roster changes.
In terms of moving Harden, the front office is hoping for a package that will allow them to remain a serious contender in the East, according to Neubeck. If they can’t get a top player in exchange, they at least want to get enough assets to run a separate trade for another top player.
We have more from the Atlantic Division:
- Rokas Jokubaitisa Lithuanian guard whose rights are in the hands of the knickshad the option on his contract collected by FC Barcelona, according to basketnews.com. He played in all 39 EuroLeague games last season and averaged 5.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. The Knicks made Jokubaitis a second-round draft and stash pick in 2021.
- The G League’s Long Island Nets are hiring mfon udofia as the team’s head coach, Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype tweets. He previously trained with the Nigerian National Team and was part of the staff for G League Clippers Agua Caliente last season.
- Former WNBA player mary andrade is spending the summer like a celts as a trainee coach and hopes to rise through the NBA coaching ranks, said Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. She has been an assistant coach at Birmingham, the pelicans G League affiliate, last four seasons. “After my coaching career, I want people, when they talk about me, to say how many lives I touched, what a good coach I was without putting the ‘woman’ label on it.” she said. “Yes, I am a woman, but I don’t say: ‘You are a very good men’s coach.’ Are just a very good trainer. That’s my goal, to touch as many lives as he can.”
- jay scrubWHO signed a two-way contract with the celts on Saturday, received top marks in Athletic’s Jared Weiss Summer League Report Card.