NBA fines James Harden and now he’s paying the price. The NBA fined the Philadelphia 76ers star $100,000 for “indicating that he would not perform the services called for under his player contract unless traded to another team,” the league announced Tuesday.
Those comments came as Harden freely called Sixers president of ball operations Daryl Morey a “liar” at an occasion in China final week. He moreover repeated his relationship with the Sixers was past repair in partitioned comments to a Houston TV station.
The league said in a statement.“The league’s investigation, which included an interview of Harden, confirmed that these comments referenced Harden’s belief that the 76ers would not accommodate his request to be traded”
That sizable fine of $100,000 is the most extreme amount the NBA can issue to a player.
The National Basketball Players Association plans to record a grievance to debate the fine.
The NBPA said in a statement, in part.“We respectfully disagree with the league’s decision to discipline James Harden for recent comments he made, which we believe do not violate the rule against public trade demands.”
Why would Harden say such unforgiving things almost Morey, a fellow he worked with for a long time in their time with the Houston Rockets, and presently Sixers, together? Harden picked up his $35.6 million player choice this offseason, which Harden and Morey allegedly had a discussion almost and concurred the Sixers would work to exchange Harden.
Harden called,“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.”
What Harden says, what he considers and what he feels are certainly distinctive than what Harden is really able of doing in this circumstance. Since he picked up his player alternative, he has completely zero use. He must play in Philly until they exchange him, since on the off chance that he sits out, he may conceivably lose his free agent status.