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

James Harden was a no-show for practice on Wednesday and it’s unclear why.

The Philadelphia 76ers guard continues to show that he doesn’t want to be with his team. And as Shams Charania of The Athletic reported, Harden hasn’t been present since Sunday.

While trade talks remain, it’s unsurprising to many that Harden is in Houston, not Philly.


Here’s how the NBA world reacted to Harden’s absence.

Teammate Joel Embid was asked about Harden’s absence and how it could impact the team. He said he was unsure why he wasn’t there.

“I don’t know,” Embid told reporters. “Maybe he has something to do, I’m not sure. So, but — we had a good practice — we competed, went up and down a little bit, was great for me, and I’m still coming back and feeling myself, but I thought today was great.”

There are also monetary obligations if Harden continues this.

Harden has requested a trade many times from the 76ers and did say he would make things uncomfortable until it happens. One of the bigger rumors has Harden landing in Los Angeles with the Clippers, but it would appear there isn’t much movement in those talks.

The 76ers season starts Oct. 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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