Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has expressed interest in continuing his career in China.
Harden floated the idea, as he was visiting the Asian country during an Adidas promotional event in China.
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“Every time I come here, I get crazy the love I get, you know what I mean? So I guess they are [en parlant des Chinois] “They deserve to see me play here,” Harden told the newspaper. Philadelphia InquirerThursday.
However, relations between the 33-year-old athlete and his boss Daryl Morey do not look good. Harden went with a rough outing to the media on Monday against Morey.
He said, “Daryl Morey is a liar and I would never be a member of any organization he is a part of.”
One of the reasons that would explain this desire for Harden to continue his career in China would be political.
In 2019, Morey posted a message on his X (formerly Twitter) account in support of protesters in Hong Kong who opposed a law allowing extradition of wanted fugitives in China.
“Fight for freedom and support Hong Kong,” wrote the then general manager of the Houston Rockets, of which James Harden was a member at the time.
This message did not go over well within the communist regime. This led to the boycott of the NBA as well as the Houston Rockets during the 2019-20 season in China, causing a significant loss of revenue for the NBA.
According to former Silver Guard Andre Iguodala, the Penn member is using the situation to his advantage.
“When you’re negotiating a contract, know what your value is and how you can assert yourself. Know what opportunities you have on the other side, your safety net. What is James’ safety net? Daryl Morey has a history with China where he can say anything and backlash for what he says,” Iguodala said on the podcast. View generationhosted by former NBA player Gilbert Arenas.
The veteran also appears frustrated with the status of his contract. The Sixers’ big boss decided not to give him a maximum salary contract extension. This past June, Harden accepted a one-year option worth $36.5 million for the following season.
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