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James Harden fined $100,000 for Daryl Morey comments

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Former Arizona State and current Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden was fined $100,000 for his “liar” comments about 76ers’ President Daryl Morey when in China, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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“Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of. Let me say that again: Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” Harden said.

James Harden says he will “never” be a part of an organization with Daryl Morey

The $100,000 is the max that a league can fine a player.

Yesterday, it was reported by The Athletic’s Sham Charania that Harden told league investigators his comments were about Morey not trading him quickly when he opted into his contract with the expectation of being traded.

Harden also did an interview in Houston with KHOU’s Jason Bristol last week where he said he thinks his relationship with the 76ers is beyond repair.

This is the third time that Harden has tried to force his way off of a team after seemingly being a loyal player during a long stretch of time in Houston, where Morey ran the team.

Harden played with the Rockets from 2012 to 2021, becoming one of the best players in franchise history, averaging 29.6 points, 7.7 assists and 6.0 rebounds in 621 games for them and winning MVP in 2018. His tenure came to an abrupt end in January 2021 after Harden demanded a trade, and his wish was granted, as he joined the Nets alongside the likes of Irving and Kevin Durant.

When his time on the Nets did not pan out how he wanted, Harden requested and was granted a trade to the 76ers in February 2022 in large part because he wanted to play for Morey.

Harden and the 76ers were eliminated in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs this year, but Harden had two 40-point games during the series.

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We will see how the rest of this situation pans out.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_Mau

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