James Harden Apr 20, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) reacts after a call during game three of the 2023 NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden may still get his wish to be traded, but that prospect has taken a step in the wrong direction.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Philadelphia 76ers have “ended trade talks” involving the 10-time All-Star.

The plan is for Harden to report to training camp.

Anyone following the Harden trade saga this summer could probably see this coming. In an appearance on NBA Today in mid-July, Wojnarowski reported that the 76ers had placed an “exorbitant” value on Harden, requesting too much in return for the 33-year-old veteran.

The Los Angeles Clippers are Harden’s reported first choice. A trade may still happen, but it’s apparent Philly will have to lower its expectations on the trade package.

76ers star Joel Embiid addressed the Harden situation Wednesday in a talk with Showtime’s Rachel Nichols, saying he was “disappointed” to learn his teammate wanted out.

“I want him to come back, obviously, so we can go out and accomplish what we want,” Embiid said. “Which is to win a championship. So hopefully his mindset can be changed.”

Fans quickly reacted to the Harden news, with many pointing out this sets up a really awkward situation in training camp.

[Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN]

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