Amid Rumors of Being Replaced By James Harden, 27YO Clippers Starlet is “Prepared For Whatever”

Published 10/21/2023, 11:02 PM EDT

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The preseason officially curtained down after the Friday night games. The league is now on the verge of opening gates for the 2023-24 season. Even in this small window, James Harden’s trade rumors try to find a way. Importantly, a recent trade rumor has created a sense of uncertainty in the mind of a 27-year-old Los Angeles Clippers star. Moreover, amid his trade rumors, he recently expressed his state of mind and temperament to be prepared for anything.

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The Beard and Damian Lillard were the two players who had a long-standing trade fiasco in the 2023 off-season. However, a few weeks before the preseason, Lillard cracked a massive deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. On the other hand, Harden has been still stuck under the rubble. Now that the league is all set to start, will the Clippers star have to change his jersey at the last minute? Let’s find out what he had said about the trade rumors.

 Clippers star opens up on the new James Harden trade rumor

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One of the teams that James Harden showed interest to move to was the Clippers. Notably, the Clippers also reciprocated the interest and wished to take Harden on board. While it was never an option to let go of the franchise superstars like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, 27-year-old Terrence Mann came into the picture.

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In response to the scenario, Mann recently opened up in a press interaction. He said, “I was prepared for whatever. Still am. It’s just how it is. I was still gonna be ready to work and play the same role, be locked in out there on offense/defense.”

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On the other hand, Harden could face heavy fines or even suspension for missing practice sessions with the 76ers.

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Mann has been an integral part of the Clippers roster and will the team protect him and save his spot? Let’s find out what the management had to say about the rumors.

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A recent statement from the Clipper head coach Tyronn Lue revealed the team’s intention of protecting the starlet. Following the rumors, Lue said, “We love T-Mann, and T-Mann is gonna be here.” Moreover, he dismissed the trade speculation spreading the air. This isn’t the first time Lue backed his players. After Russell Westbrook signed a meager $7 million contract, he revealed the team’s requirement for a leader and roped in the player despite his salary, said Gilbert Arenas in his show.

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What do you make of the trade rumors? Will James Harden find a new home? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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