Harden reported though and is a former MVP still in MVP form. That isn't Simmons.
Houston?....for John Wall?Sixers would be stupid to trade for Wall. Sixers just need to hold firm and test Simmons resolve to hold out while not getting paid.
need to add some salary.
Yeah, that strategy doesn’t seem to work in the NBA. Houston tried to hold firm last year and Harden just sabotaged the team in every way that he could think of until they traded him.
He wasn’t in MVP form when he arrived in Houston 30 pounds overweight, acting as a malcontent on and off the court. Yeah, sure he showed up to collect a pay check and the team eventually had to tell him to just stay home until they could work out a trade.
Harden's 1st 3 games in Houston he was AWESOME. He missed game 4 and then tanked the last 5 he played. He thought if showed up and gave maximum effort, the team would trade him, when it became apparent (to him) they weren't going to trade him that is when he tanked.
And when I say AWESOME, I mean it.
37 ppg, 11 apg, 5.3 rpg, 45.5% from 3, 88.9% from the line and he even threw in a steal a game.
Harden started off last year on fire before he tanked to get what he wanted (and in his tanking he still averaged 10 apg and 5 rpg - he just stopped hitting shots).