3 Former 76ers Failing Miserably With Their New Teams in 2023

When it comes to these three ex-76ers, it turns out that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
James Harden is one of three former 76ers who's failing miserably with his new team this season.
James Harden is one of three former 76ers who's failing miserably with his new team this season. / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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2. P.J. Tucker, LA Clippers

Harden isn't the only ex-Sixer who's with the Clippers following November's trade. P.J. Tucker was also shipped off to Los Angeles as a part of the deal and it's safe to say that the veteran forward has been a non-factor.

Tucker didn't ask to be traded, so it's easy to feel somewhat sorry for his being dragged into the Harden/Clippers mess. At the same time, he hasn't done much to make the most out of the situation.

Tucker has never been known for his scoring, but averaging 1.2 PPG on 28.6% shooting is nothing short of atrocious. If that wasn't bad enough, the 38-year-old — who carries an $11 million cap hit this season — hasn't scored a point in his last six appearances.

Tucker attributes his abysmal production to there not being "enough basketballs on the planet" for the Clippers, made evident by his 1.2 field-goal attempts per game since the trade. At the same time, it isn't like he was averaging that many more with the 76ers to begin the season (1.7).

Things have gotten to the point where the Clippers haven't even played Tucker for a single minute since Nov. 27 — a four-game span. It's clear that the team doesn't see him as a true contributor otherwise he'd be given some minutes.

It'll be interesting to see how the remainder of the year plays out if he doesn't turn things around. Tucker holds an $11.5 million player option for the 2024-25 campaign and it's highly unlikely that he'll see more than that on the open market if he declines. Perhaps the Clippers will try to move him when his trade restriction expires on Dec. 30.

In the meantime, it's hard to call his Clippers stint anything but a failure.