These trade rumors involving the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are about to get spicier ahead of the deadline for such trades set for next Thursday.
It was reported last week that the Nets would not accept trade offers for superstar guard James Harden, regardless of his reported unhappiness with certain aspects of the team. However, The Athletic’s Shams Charania dropped a bombshell on Friday afternoon when he announced that 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey may seek to acquire Harden before the next trade deadline. Additionally, Charania says the Nets “are supposed to be open” to discussing a deal that would see them destabilize All-Star guard Ben Simmons.
Simmons requested a trade from the Sixers last offseason and did not play a second for the club in 2021-22 due to reported mental health issues.
According to Charania, Philadelphia could wrap Simmons with others such as Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey and/or Matisse Thybulle in a trade for Harden. Charania adds that Harden’s “dominant ball handling” style of play doesn’t match current star teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, even though the Nets went 13-3 when the three played together.
It was recently reported that Morey was willing to wait until the summer to receive the desired loot for Simmons, but Harden’s alleged availability would naturally change the discussion. The former most valuable player could bring the 76ers closer to their goal of winning the NBA Finals this spring, but that reality could ultimately convince Brooklyn not to pull the trigger on a deal next week, even if it would benefit theoretically to everyone. implied.