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Harden joins 76ers training camp after media day absence

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James Harden is participating in Philadelphia 76ers practice at Colorado State University on Wednesday as the team continues its training camp.

Harden participated in "just about everything" during practice, head coach Nick Nurse said, according to ESPN's Tim Bontemps. He and other players are still going through a ramp-up period, Nurse added.

The veteran guard arrived in Colorado on Tuesday after missing the first day of training camp, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said Monday that the Sixers "expect" Harden to participate in training camp as the 10-time All-Star wasn't present at media day.

It's unclear how willing of a participant Harden will be in training camp.

Harden opted into his $35.6-million player option in June with the intent of working with the Sixers on finding a trade, reportedly favoring the Los Angeles Clippers as a destination. Philadelphia took him off the trade market in August.

After being taken off the trade block, the veteran guard referred to Morey as "a liar" in August and said he never wanted to play for him again. The NBA fined Harden $100,000 for his comments. Harden remains steadfast in his trade request, throwing a party last week in Houston that featured a sign saying, "Daryl Morey is a liar."

Harden averaged 21 points, a league-leading 10.7 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals last season for the Sixers.

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