Daryl Morey was not surprised James Harden has attempted to make things personal in seeking a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers, a source told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sixers informed Harden's agent of their decision to pull him from the trade market over the weekend.

When Harden picked up his $35.6 million player option for 23-24, he told the Sixers he wanted a trade and preferred it be to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers and Clippers have been unable to gain traction on a trade.

Harden's initial displeasure with Morey came when the Sixers declined to negotiate with him before the official start of free agency, sources tell Pompey.