Rumors are once again swirling of James Harden heading to the Phoenix Suns in the midst of the Chris Paul situation, as ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said to “keep your eye” on Harden landing with the Suns.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne says ‘keep your eye’ on James Harden to Phoenix 👀
“The Phoenix Suns don’t waive Chris Paul] unless they feel pretty good about somebody else. And I want you to keep your eye on James Harden. I don’t want to report anything, but that was in the wind for… pic.twitter.com/U840X6417b
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) June 8, 2023
“I don’t want to report anything, but that was in the wind for the past month or so,” she added.
The rumor of Harden potentially signing with Phoenix first started right after the end of the 76ers season. He is a free agent after declining his player option with the 76ers last month. The Suns would have to free up a lot of cap space if he does wish to sign with Phoenix.
Harden has also been linked to the Rockets and could also head back to Philly with the 76ers. There are no current odds on sportsbooks on where he could end up.
The Suns would like to make a decision pertaining Chris Paul by June 28. Fans have been torn whether Harden would be good or bad in the Valley given how his time with Kevin Durant went in Brooklyn and how he ended last season with the 76ers.
Chris Paul is a better fit to the Suns than Harden. As a fan of the Lakers please do this. 😂
— Ramin.eth.ada.wtf (@Ramin_delgato) June 8, 2023
Now look if James Harden goes to Phoenix I want y’all to give them the same energy y’all gave Golden State when KD joined us for them 3 years. Having 2 former MVPs and the best under 30 player in the league is crazy. https://t.co/cBDpxuf9vZ
— Team 2Tz (@Thereal2tz) June 8, 2023
Sounds like a lot of scoring in Phoenix with a defensive minded coach
— Charlie Quinn (@CharlieQuinnMMA) June 8, 2023
In a poll under the Twitter post, fans are split almost 50/50 whether the move would be beneficial or not for Phoenix.
James Harden to Phoenix.
— How Hard Is It To Answer? (@AnswerThePole) June 8, 2023
In the regular season, Harden averaged a league-leading 10.7 assists per game to go along with 21 points and 6.1 rebounds. He became the first player to win three scoring titles and two assist titles in NBA history.
If he does come to Phoenix, it would be a homecoming of sorts for arguably the best basketball player ever to play for Arizona State.
In Harden’s two seasons at ASU from 2007-2009, he averaged 19 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He was drafted third overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. Since entering the league, Harden has never missed the playoffs in his 14-year NBA career, but has yet to win an NBA championship.