The Sixers have reportedly ended trade talks for James Harden, and they want him back for next season.

According to reports, the Philadelphia 76ers have terminated trade talks with All-Star guard James Harden.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the organization plans to bring him back for training camp this season after a contract with his preferred destination, the Los Angeles Clippers, fell through.

Harden has been waiting for a trade out of Philadelphia since late June, when he took up a $35.6 million player option and the Sixers allegedly promised to look into a trade for him.

The former MVP was determined to join the Clippers, but negotiations between the two sides progressed slowly.

The decision to keep Harden was apparently made without Harden's input, thus they appear to be heading toward an unpleasant situation for a player with prior

experience in such situations. For all we know, this may be a leverage play on the Sixers' behalf, but there's a reason why his departure felt like an inevitable conclusion.

Harden is allegedly dissatisfied with Sixers president Daryl Morey, his former general manager with the Houston Rockets, over the lack of a long-term max contract,

but the Sixers are essentially hoping he gets over it and plays with free agency looming next offseason.

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