James Harden May 7, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) reacts after overtime win against the Boston Celtics of game four of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have constantly fallen short in the postseason in recent years. This may only get worse after reports that star guard James Harden is seriously considering leaving the team in free agency.

Harden has been with the organization since being traded from the Brooklyn Nets back in the 2021-22 season. However, he is seemingly struggling with the decision to either stay with the 76ers or return back to the Houston Rockets.

Shams Charania of The Athletic went on the Ryen Russillo Podcast, where he revealed that Harden is reportedly “torn” on either joining the Rockets or staying in Philadelphia.

It’s certainly a surprising decision considering the Rockets were one of the worst teams in the league last season. Many took to social media to offer their opinion on this report.

Harden famously played for the Rockets for eight seasons and had some of the best years of his career during that time. He notably was named to the All-Star Game in every season in Houston, even earning an MVP award in the 2017-18 season.

The Rockets are now a far different team than they once were when Harden was on the team, with a number of talented but inexperienced players with big roles including Jalen Green and Alperen Sengun.

While the Rockets don’t exactly profile as a contender in the Western Conference, they do have some things going in their favor.

The Rockets recently hired former Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, who has plenty of experience coaching at a high level. He notably helped the Celtics earn an NBA Finals appearance last season.

Houston also has the No. 4 pick in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft, which could be used either on a promising prospect or a veteran to go along with James Harden if he doe ultimately return this offseason.

[Ryen Russillo Podcast]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.