James Harden pushed a trade to the Clippers

May 11, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) takes a shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of game six of the 2023 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Image: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden prefers to play next season with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to several reports

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Teammate Joel Embiid said last week after attending a party in Las Vegas with Harden that he remains hopeful Harden will change his mind and stay in Philadelphia.

ESPN reports, however, that Harden is still “determined” to land with the Clippers

The Clippers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns are all teams reportedly interested in Harden

Harden, 33, averaged 21.0 points, 10.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds in 58 games for the Sixers last season.

The 10-time All-Star has career averages of 24.7 points, 7.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds in 1,000 games (786 starts) with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, and 76ers

Harden came to the Sixers in a deal that sent Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond to the Brooklyn Nets.

–Field Level Media

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