NBA looking into facts behind Harden’s absence from 76ers’ nationally televised opener in Milwaukee

The Philadelphia 76ers travelled to Milwaukee without James Harden, and the NBA is investigating.

The NBA, which tightened its rules on resting fit players this summer, is looking into Harden's absence from the 76ers' nationally broadcast season opener against the Bucks.

"We're investigating the facts surrounding James Harden's availability tonight to see if an approved reason exists for his absence," NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement.

Harden wants to be traded and was recently away from the Sixers before returning this week. 

Coach Nick Nurse stated Wednesday that the point guard will not travel with the team so that he could work on his conditioning with club personnel at the 76ers' training facility.

The player participation regulation requires teams to provide an approved reason for a prominent player to miss a national television game

(for example, Phoenix stating injuries for Devin Booker and Bradley Beal that will keep them from playing against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night).

For the first infringement of the policy, teams might face a $100,000 fine.

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