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Former Warriors GM gives 76ers advice on James Harden situation

ESPN’s Bob Myers had a simple answer for what the Philadelphia 76ers should do about James Harden: Whatever Joel Embiid wants.

Myers, who joined ESPN this fall after running the Golden State Warriors for more than a decade, weighed in on Harden’s conflict with the team before the Boston Celtics-New York Knicks game Wednesday night.

“If it was me, I’d go to Steph Curry, I’d go to Joel Embiid and ask, ‘What do you want?'” Myers told Stephen A. Smith. “If that guy says ‘I want him on the team,’ that’s what I’m doing.”

Myers had experience managing stars and their personalities in his twelve years with Golden State, whether it was bringing in Kevin Durant in 2016, mediating Draymond Green’s conflict with Durant in 2018 or making moves for All-Stars like DeMarcus Cousins or D’Angelo Russell. But above all, he has experience dealing with a franchise player like Embiid, or Steph Curry.

That’s why Myers thinks Daryl Morey and the Sixers should put the reigning MVP’s interests first. Ultimately, Embiid is the most important person in the organization, and the main reason Philly will succeed or fail this season.

Embiid hasn’t said anything publicly to criticize Harden, telling reporters that Harden’s presence wasn’t a distraction last week. There’s an added wrinkle for the Sixers because Harden called Morey a “liar,” but Myers insists it’s only Embiid’s opinion that truly matters.

“If he’s not happy, that ends the whole conversation,” Myers continued, comparing the situation to the times when Green “made some mistakes” or criticized him publicly. Because Curry always said the team was “better with Draymond,” that decided things for Myers.

It’s possible that Embiid has told Morey that he wants Harden back, and that’s why the executive has refused to trade him. But the big man can’t be happy that the Harden situation is still in flux with the regular season upon us. It’s up to Morey to resolve that situation and keep his superstar happy.




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