“This Is Robbery”: NBA Fans React as James Harden and Joel Embiid Join Forces With Former Sixth Man of the Year at 76ers

Published 09/07/2022, 2:48 PM EDT

The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly signed free agent Montrezl Harrell on a two-year contract worth $5.2 million. Apparently, the Sixers decided to bring Harrell as a strong backup for Joel Embiid. Significantly, Harrell won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year title in 2019-2020 when he was still playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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This deal also means a reunion between Harrell and the Sixers’ head coach, Doc Rivers. Rivers had previously coached the Clippers from 2013-2020. Harrell will be filling the position of a backup center for Joel Embiid. Incidentally, the spot was previously occupied by the likes of Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, and Greg Monroe.

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As it turns out, Harrell has played for five different teams since his entry in the league after the 2015 NBA Draft. In fact, he is the only other player to score a minimum of 5000 points off the bench other than Jordan Clarkson.

While the Sixers are convinced that this is a good deal, let’s take a look at some of the fans reactions as well.

Harden convinced Montrezl Harrell to join the 76ers

According to ESPN, the fact that Harrell and Harden have both played together for the Rockets might have played a part in sealing the deal. After Harrell faced some legal troubles, several teams had shown interest in the player.

But it seems that Harden came to the Sixers’ rescue.

James Harden and Joel Embiid’s vision for their team

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NBA stars James Harden and Joel Embiid have shown great coordination during the games and has given their opponents a run for their money. The two have excellent skills. And they are a force to be reckoned with in the coming season. However, they still have got some work to do.

May 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden (1) reacts with center Joel Embiid (21) after a score against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in game four of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Despite their disappointing game at the conference semifinals, the duo have proved that they make a great pair. As of now, they are working together to make strategies for the next season and is hopeful that they can lead their team to the championship.

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And now, with Harrell on the team, the Philadelphia 76ers might just have a shot at the Championship Trophy. The Sixers had previously won the Championship back in 1983.

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Siyari Debbarma

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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a B. Tech degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management.

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