NBA Fines James Harden $100,000 for Public Comments on Trade Request

August 23, 2023 1:15 pm

The NBA has imposed a $100,000 fine on Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden for his recent public comments regarding his status with the team. This fine comes in response to remarks made by Harden on August 14 and 17, where he asserted that he would not fulfill his contractual obligations unless he was traded to another team. 

The league conducted an investigation and confirmed that Harden’s statements were rooted in his belief that the 76ers were unlikely to grant his trade request. Enhance your basketball viewing experience with attractive betting odds from Nextbet

Harden’s frustration stems from the fact that, despite picking up his player option for the upcoming season in June, the 76ers have not been able to secure a trade deal. 

His discontent was palpable when he openly criticized 76ers president Daryl Morey, branding him as a liar during a promotional event held in China.

“Daryl Morey is a liar, and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” Harden asserted at the event, leaving no room for ambiguity in his stance.

Over the past decade, James Harden has established himself as one of the NBA’s premier players, boasting three scoring titles and the coveted 2018 league MVP award. 

Notably, he led the league in assists during the last season. Despite these individual accolades, an NBA championship has remained elusive for Harden, and as he turns 34 this week, the window of opportunity for securing that elusive title appears to be narrowing. Get the latest updates from the world of basketball only on Nextbet Sports, one of the best basketball gambling sites.