The Philadelphia 76ers are under a cloud of uncertainty since many people anticipate that they will at least attempt to move James Harden at some point.
He is still one of the NBA’s better guards despite a slight downturn over the past couple of years, so maybe they can get a fair price for him.
But now that injury to one of their rotation players has made that cloud of worry a little bit deeper.
According to Shams Charania, big player Montrezl Harrell reportedly tore his ACL and meniscus.
76ers center Montrezl Harrell has a torn ACL and meniscus after undergoing an MRI Wednesday to assess recent right knee swelling following his offseason workouts.
Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 2, 2023
The Sixth Man of the Year for the 2019–20 season, Harrell, doesn’t seem to be the same performer he once was, as he witnessed a significant decrease in minutes this past season.
However, the Sixers need to have a strong bench of big men because Joel Embiid has a history of knee issues and is always a danger to suffer a serious injury.
Behind Embiid, they now have the tiny Paul Reed and the 7-foot Mo Bamba as backup centers.
Philadelphia recently experienced another sad early playoff elimination, and since reaching the NBA Finals that year, they haven’t advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.
They boast the current regular-season MVP in Joel Embiid, while guard Tyrese Maxey has developed into a potential star.
When they gained a 3-2 lead against the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs in May, they seemed to have the upper hand. However, Embiid and Harden played poorly in Game 7, and they lost to their former foes.