With speculations spreading about his location, James Harden drove up to Michael Rubin’s annual white party in the Hamptons to celebrate the Fourth of July. With some of sports and entertainment’s top personalities in attendance, a photo of Harden with Rubin, NFL icon Tom Brady, and Phoenix Suns sensation Devin Booker went viral.
James Harden hanging out with Tom Brady and Devin Booker pic.twitter.com/nZY8xdAsQm
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The Phoenix Suns, of course, are in desperate need of a point guard after moving Chris Paul earlier this offseason. Harden, previously regarded as one of the league’s most dangerous scorers, has thrived in a facilitator position with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 10.5-plus assists per game in consecutive seasons. Harden has also played with Suns forward Kevin Durant in the past when they were both with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Brooklyn Nets.
Should the Phoenix Suns make a play for a James Harden? pic.twitter.com/2kaTLJ63Lw
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Harden has also been linked to Phoenix this summer, with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne suggesting the former MVP as a replacement for Paul last month. However, the Suns’ signing of Bradley Beal significantly reduces the likelihood of Harden coming to The Valley.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne says ‘keep your eye’ on James Harden to Phoenix 👀
“The Phoenix Suns don’t waive Chris Paul] unless they feel pretty good about somebody else. And I want you to keep your eye on James Harden. I don’t want to report anything, but that was in the wind for… pic.twitter.com/U840X6417b
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Harden, who will turn 34 in August, exercised his $35.6 million option last week in the hopes of negotiating a trade with the Sixers. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Forbes Sports’ Evan Sidery), the Sixers “would still love to keep” Harden in Philadelphia. However, the team has a long way to go if they want to influence Harden, who, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, is “extremely upset” with the Sixers and has made his “dissatisfaction clear to the organization.”
The Los Angeles Clippers remain the frontrunners to sign Harden this offseason but don’t be surprised if additional suitors emerge once the Damian Lillard trade is finalized.