10/03/2023, 5:56 PM
Expected to join training camp soon
This is certainly a surprise given what we've heard from Harden this offseason. The former MVP talked poorly about Philadelphia brass all summer, skipped Media Day on Monday and was not around for Tuesday's practice, setting up a potentially awkward reunion. It remains to be seen just how involved he'll be moving forward, but it appears Harden is planning on suiting up to begin the 2023-24 campaign.
10/02/2023, 3:42 PM
Dealt with back injury last season
The injury didn't seem to impact Melton much, as he set career highs in appearances (77), starts (58) and minutes played per game (27.9). He averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals while posting 43/39/79 shooting splits. With James Harden's future in Philadelphia unclear, Melton may garner another significant role in his second season with the 76ers.
10/02/2023, 2:45 PM
Absent at media day
Given that Harden has been at odds with the organization -- in particular, general manager Daryl Morey -- for the last few months, his absence shouldn't come as a major surprise. Harden has openly pushed to be traded for much of the summer, naming the Clippers as his preferred destination. Wojnarowski notes that at this stage, the 76ers haven't gained traction in trade talks with the Clippers or any other team, so the star guard's situation will be worth closely monitoring throughout the preseason. If a resolution is not reached before opening night, it's entirely possible that Harden could sit out games, though it would be a risky strategy that could ultimately cost him his ability to become a free agent next summer.