NBA Rumors: Joel Embiid willing to ‘ride out’ James Harden situation?

Philadelphia 76ers James Harden and Joel Embiid (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia 76ers James Harden and Joel Embiid (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

NBA Rumors: Joel Embiid is reportedly comfortable to “ride out” the current situation between James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Less than a month before the official start of NBA Training Camps, the Philadelphia 76ers are in a pretty unenviable situation. James Harden still hasn’t been traded and if he’s still on the roster when training camp begins, the overwhelming belief is that he’s going to make things increasingly uncomfortable for the Sixers.

He doesn’t want to be in Philadelphia and has made it quite clear he doesn’t want to play for the Sixers again as long as Daryl Morey is part of the organization. Morey appears to be willing to call his bluff and has ended trade talks for Harden (with the LA Clippers and any other interested team).

The Sixers and Harden are very much at an impasse. But with all the attention surrounding Harden and his current discontent, the bigger question and concern for Sixers fans should revolve around Joel Embiid.

The last thing the Sixers need is for Embiid to follow Harden out the door. At least for now, though, it appears that Embiid is perfectly fine with “riding out” this current process between Harden and the Sixers. That has to be considered good news, right?

How will Joel Embiid after the James Harden situation passes?

Even though Embiid is willing to “ride out” the current situation with Harden, you can’t help but wonder what it means after there’s some sort of resolution. For example, how will Embiid handle the situation in Philly if the return for Harden is less than appealing and if there’s no clear path toward improving the roster in a way that will have the Sixers contending this season?

Will he continue to choose to trust the organization, or is that the point where he could pivot and seek a trade? That’s the big question that everyone in the Sixers organization, and their fanbase, wants to know. Because, quite frankly, that’s probably the only thing that matters at this point.

The relationship between Harden and the Sixers is not in a good place. I find it hard to believe that there’s any chance it gets salvaged at this point – short of the Sixers firing general manager Daryl Morey. However, that’s not happening.

At least for now, the plan is for the Sixers to keep Harden on the roster into the start of training camp. Whether he’ll still be on the roster by the time the regular season begins remains to be seen.

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The Sixers continue to play the waiting game when it comes to Harden. It’s now a game of who will blink first – the Sixers, Clippers, or Harden.