3: Knicks at Sixers, Jan. 5 on ESPN
Will January be Joel Embiid’s last full month in Philadelphia? By the time the calendar turns to Jan. 5, James Harden will still be on the Sixers’ roster or with a new team such as the Clippers.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Philadelphia ended trade talks regarding Harden and plan for the guard to show up at training camp. Still, the next day, Harden called Daryl Morey a “liar” at an Adidas event in China. Harden has no intention of playing for the Sixers again, so unless a trade happens, a training camp holdout seems to be on the way.
When New York visits Philadelphia soon after the start of the new year, the Sixers will have a pretty good idea of how the rest of the 2023-24 season could go. Point blank, if Harden is either not playing or no longer a member of the team, Embiid could be contemplating a trade at this point in the season.
Embiid might’ve been trolling when he said he wanted to win a championship with the Sixers or another team, but winning is still his goal. A lot can happen between now and January, and maybe this game will be the final time the Knicks face a Sixers team that features Embiid, as the next time the two teams meet will be on Feb. 22 after the trade deadline.