James Harden has expanded his trade request destination list beyond the Brooklyn Nets to include the Philadelphia 76ers among other contenders, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim McMahon of ESPN.
Harden, the perennial MVP candidate, took a coronavirus test at the Toyota Center in Houston on Tuesday as part of the league’s protocol to return to play, Rockets coach Stephen Silas confirmed. Once cleared to return, the next step would be for Harden to join the Rockets training camp, which started on the weekend without him.
“That’s pretty much all I know,” Silas said. “Him getting tested is good for everybody.”
This recent development gets added to a suddenly extensive list of rumors connecting Harden and Philadelphia. With former Rockets executive and Harden ally Daryl Morey now running the Sixers, they’re a natural pairing in the rumor mill.
But there is some smoke to this fire, with former Harden teammates hinting that Harden would be interested in the Sixers as far back as mid-November. Even friend of the franchise Meek Mill has added to the fervor, posting a photo on Instagram with Harden shortly after the Harden/Sixers rumors broke Tuesday.