James Harden’s recent public statements against Philadelphia 76ers GM Daryl Morey hint that the 10x NBA All-Star will move on from Philadelphia.
The Los Angeles Clippers are favored with -200 odds as Harden’s next team.
2024 NBA Finals odds for the Philadelphia 76ers fell to +1800 since opening at +1400.
PHILADELPHIA – Battles between James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers seemingly reached a breaking point with Harden calling the 76ers GM Daryl Morey “a liar” on Monday morning. Harden also claimed that he will never play for an NBA organization that Daryl Morey is a part of, influencing betting on James Harden’s next team odds once again.
James Harden: “Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of. Let me say that again: Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of.” pic.twitter.com/AmHJ0WwbF2
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 14, 2023
Betting odds for James Harden’s next team at legal online sportsbooks are currently off the board, but will likely come back considering the publicity. Odds from June 30 listed the Los Angeles Clippers as -200 favorites to acquire Harden.
James Harden Next Team Odds from June 30
Los Angeles Clippers -200
Philadelphia 76ers +500
Houston Rockets +550
New York Knicks +650
Miami Heat +800
When legal sports betting odds for Harden’s next team return, the Clippers will likely be even shorter favorites based on the teams behind them. The Philadelphia 76ers at +500 are clearly out as contenders for Harden after the public bashing of GM Daryl Morey.
Talks of Harden joining the Houston Rockets were more realistic at the time, but Houston signed point guard Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks for over $200 million combined. The New York Knicks are unlikely to replace Jalen Brunson, who they signed in free agency last year and led the Knicks to the playoffs.
The Miami Heat with +800 odds will likely be shorter when odds release, as they have been unsuccessful in working out a trade for point guard Damian Lillard. If the Clippers are heavily favored, the Heat are a valuable underdog option.
Philadelphia 76ers Finals Odds Fall
Drama with James Harden influenced the Philadelphia 76ers longer +1800 odds to win the 2024 NBA Finals.
2024 NBA Finals Champion Betting Odds
Denver Nuggets +490
Boston Celtics +500
Phoenix Suns +650
Milwaukee Bucks +725
Miami Heat +800
Golden State Warriors +900
Los Angeles Lakers +1000
Philadelphia 76ers +1800
Los Angeles Clippers +2000
Dallas Mavericks +2400
The 76ers opened with +1400 odds at legal NBA betting, but uncertainty if James Harden will play for Philadelphia next season likely led to a low betting handle. Meanwhile, more solidified teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors passed by the 76ers in Finals odds.
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