Fort Collins, Colo. — The Philadelphia 76ers are still waiting to be seen James Harden — but they may not have to wait much longer.
Harden was not present for Philadelphia’s first practice Tuesday morning at Moby Arena on the campus of Colorado State University, but he is expected to arrive in Colorado as soon as Tuesday to join the franchise for training camp, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It was not immediately clear how soon — or if — Harden would participate in practice, sources told Wojnarowski.
“I know he wasn’t here today,” 76ers coach Nick Nurse said after practice Tuesday. “If he is here tomorrow, as we have said in everything, we will be ready to make some adjustments in everything.
“We’ll see what happens.”
Harden also did not attend Monday’s media day in Camden, New Jersey, where his teammates, nurses and 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey all expressed hope and optimism that the situation could be resolved.
To that end, Harden was paid 25% of his contract on Friday that he was supposed to receive by Sunday, sources said, after already receiving the 25% payment he was due July 1.
And, while they wait for him to arrive, the 76ers will continue to operate on two schedules: one with Harden back and one without him.
The nurse mentioned having a Plan A and a Plan B on Monday. After leading his first practice as Philadelphia’s head coach, he said his experience took over the Toronto Raptors at the start of the 2018-19 season — when he had to integrate. Kawhi Leonard He served well to adjust to the 76ers — on an established team, a season that ended with Toronto winning a title.
“I don’t think it was a distraction so far,” Nurse said. “Firstly, luckily this is my second chance to start with a new team. There’s a lot here [to do] To speed up the workers, everyone around the building is being beaten to the same drum. There is a lot of work involved.
“I just want to say that it’s an occasional conversation that probably takes a few minutes a day. That’s it so far. So it hasn’t been too bad. And again, I think the players are doing great. It’s just a matter of focusing on what we’re doing and they Some are trying to learn new thoughts and philosophies that we’re trying to implement and they’re trying to do them. So that’s all we can do.”
unlike Ben Simmons Unlike the situation two years ago, there doesn’t seem to be any animosity between Harden and his teammates, who remain optimistic that he will rejoin them.
“That would be great.” Tyrese Maxey Harden talked about the possibility of rejoining the 76ers soon. “As a fraternity, we want to see him [back with us, but] Now we have to focus on today’s practice.”
The 76ers are scheduled to practice in Colorado through Friday, before flying to Boston for Sunday’s preseason opener against the Celtics at TD Garden (6 p.m. ET, ESPN).