East Notes: Sixers, James Harden, Celtics, Al Horford, Cavs


  • Guard James Harden intended to travel with the Sixers to their games in Milwaukee and Toronto, but the Sixers though he might serve as a distraction, per Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports.
  • So, as we relayed here, Harden will stay back in Philadelphia, working out at the practice facility in Camden, N.J., for at least the first two games.
  • Harden requested a trade to the Clippers and it appears the Clippers are now all in on acquiring him. But still, Los Angeles and Philadelphia are no closer to a deal.
  • Former Sixers coach Doc Rivers said that not making the All-Star team last season really bothered Harden, and that may be where the issues with the Sixers actually began.
  • Harden was not among the players putting up shots after Wednesday’s practice, per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.



  • Point guard Darius Garland (hamstring) went through shootaround on Wednesday and “all signs point” to Garland playing vs. the Nets, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Garland entered the opener listed as questionable.
  • I have plenty more on the Cavs and what to expect for the season (or at least what I think) in my opening day dribbles. You can check them out here.

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