The NBA is reportedly investigating whether Philadelphia 76ers and guard James Harden violated the league’s player attendance policy in the opening nationally televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks on the 27th (Korean time).
“We are investigating the facts surrounding Harden’s availability today to determine if there is an approved reason for his absence,” NBA spokesman Michael Bass said, according to ESPN.
Harden’s situation is expected to be an interesting test of the league’s new policy to increase the availability of star players in nationally televised games, ESPN reported.
The Sixers went on the road, leaving Harden, who returned to the team after 10 days due to ‘personal problems’, in Philadelphia.
The Sixers ordered Harden to stay at the team’s practice facility and get in shape to be ready for action.
Harden wanted to go to Milwaukee and Toronto for the team’s away games, but the Sixers reportedly blocked him from going, saying he was physically ready to play because he had been away from the team for too long.
Aside from the 10-day absence from the team, Harden’s only preseason scrimmage with his teammates was on Oct. 8 in Boston.
The NBA’s player participation policy allows teams and players to miss games due to injuries, personal reasons or “rare and unusual circumstances.”
Teams could be fined up to $100,000 for the first violation, with fines rising for subsequent violations.토스카지노 도메인
Shortly after Harden exercised his $35.6 million player option for this season, he asked the team to trade him.
After months of negotiations, the Los Angeles Clippers recently withdrew from the negotiating table for Harden.
The Clippers may review it again later this season, but it is said that they will focus on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the time being.