BREAKING: NBA Launching Inquiry Into Harden's Potential Holdout

It appears that James Harden may have bitten off more than he can chew with his recent slamming of the Philadelphia 76ers' president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, and his threat that he would never play for him again. 

Now the NBA has officially launched an inquiry into Harden's threats, partly revolving around the suspicion that The Beard will withhold his contracted services and not report to Sixers' camp. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, there are really two issues the league is investigating, one about a potential holdout and another about a concern that Morey may have made illegal contract promises to Harden in the past. 

"The league office is believed to be pursuing an understanding of whether Harden was portending a 2023-24 holdout in violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement or had been referencing past contract discussions with the organization that might constitute salary cap circumvention, sources said," wrote Woj and Shelburne.

As for the latter, was Harden referring to a max contract promise that Morey may have made last year at this time when Harden accepted a short-term team-friendly deal, or was he referencing, as he now insists, the promise that Philly would look to trade Harden this offseason?

The Sixers told the 10-time All-Star last week that they haven't been able to come up with a suitable trade partner, have called off trade talks, and fully expect to go into the season with Harden still in Philadelphia. It was shortly after that that Harden publicly called Morey "a liar."

Only yesterday, Harden told a Houston reporter that his relationship with the Sixers was "beyond repair."

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