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“We’re at Kim-Kanye, Brad-Angelina levels”: Rachel Nichols likens James Harden-Daryl Morey drama to ‘nasty’ celebrity breakups

Will James Harden play in the season opener?

No one knows if James Harden will play in the Sixers’ first game. Philly opens the season on Thursday at the Milwaukee Bucks. It is a national TV, prime-time matchup.

Nichols knows a thing or two about the NBA and has her sources. However, even she has no clue if Harden will play in the opener.

“There is a real question whether he is going to show up for that game. If he does, is he going to do his listless ‘I don’t want to shoot’ kind of thing?” Nichols said. “Either way, this is about to get nasty.”

James Harden could face a costly penalty if he does not show. He can be fined $389,000 for each missed game. Nichols said the Sixers are not afraid to do this as former Sixer Ben Simmons once lost $19 million in one season for sitting out.

Nichols also said Morey will not hastily agree to a deal. The Sixers will want enough pieces to flip into another star player. Nichols also reported that the Clippers turned down a deal with Philly after refusing to give up Terance Mann.

“They need to get enough value in this trade to keep Joel Embiid,” Nichols said. “They need to bundle a lot of stuff together like Flo from the insurance commercials and push that into a big star before the trade deadline so Joel Embiid feels like he has a real shot at the title.”

It will be interesting to see how long Harden holds out. He can afford the fines, but it is doubtful he wants to lose millions for not showing up. His status remains unknown for Thursday.

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