By Tom Brennan

There have been whispers, and some cries, that Sixers big boss Daryl Morey tampered with James Harden while he was a member of the Nets who traded him to the Sixers for Ben Simmons last week.

But the Sixers aren’t under investigation for tampering, writes Joe Varden of The Athletic.

Harden has a close relationship with Morey and chief executive officer Tad Brown from his time in Houston, and he’s a friend of Philly co-owner Michael Rubin.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver commented on the situation Saturday night during his annual All-Star Weekend press conference and confirmed that no investigation is being conducted:

“It’s no secret that I’ve expressed my unhappiness with public trade demands,” Silver said.

“I think you’re dealing with a situation where you have players with literally a unique skill on the planet, and that’s always going to give them leverage. And you have teams with leverage. … I mean there may be tools that we can think of to create stronger incentives for players to comply with those agreements, but there’s no silver bullet here, that we’re going to go in and collectively bargain and say, ‘now we fix this problem.’”

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