Rockets: The crazy situation that truly can't be fixed

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Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden recently called former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey a liar. The irony of the situation is the fact that when working for the Rockets, Morey enabled James to do whatever he wanted.

 Harden's comments went viral on Twitter (or "X") early last Monday while The Beard was in China. Not only did Harden call the Sixers President of Basketball Operations a liar, he also stated that he would never play for another team that Morey was a part of.

The crazy part is that it's only been eighteen months since Philadelphia traded Ben Simmons for James Harden, so what went wrong?

The situation began last summer when Harden opted out of his contract and took a pay cut to allow the Sixers to sign forward PJ Tucker, Danuel House Jr., and De'Anthony Melton. 

Why the situation with James Harden and former Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey truly can't be fixed.

This allowed the team to improve while staying under the hard cap, and set the table for a potential "handshake" agreement between Morey and Harden for a max contract the following summer.

It's been speculated that the issue arose when rumors came out on Christmas Day heavily speculating Harden's return to the Houston Rockets. My guess is that Harden and his team felt certain that Houston would want him back and would pay top dollar.

Well, fast forward to free agency 2023, and sure enough, the Rockets didn't offer Harden a contract. What likely happened is Houston wanted a shorter term deal, or a deal worth less money than what Harden and his agent had in mind.

Of course with reports suggesting a Harden return to Houston, the 76ers had no real reason to hold their end of the bargain, so they didn't offer Harden the max deal from the heavily-believed handshake agreement.

 Now it's the end of August with not much time left before the season starts. And although Harden reportedly wants to be traded solely to the LA Clippers, it seems like he's stuck in Philadelphia.

As Harden once said prior to his departure from the Rockets, the situation is crazy. And I truly don't think it can be fixed.

Umm, thanks.