Nets Trade James Harden to the 76ers for Ben Simmons (And a Lot More)

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FINALLY: Nets Trade James Harden to the 76ers for Ben Simmons (And a Lot More)

Chicago Bulls

THEY ACTUALLY DID IT! After weeks of constant back-and-forth chatter, the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers have swapped James Harden and Ben Simmons in a blockbuster deal. Simmons – who has yet to appear in a game this season after demanding a trade from the 76ers – will team up with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on a Nets team that has stumbled to 8th in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn will also significantly bolster their depth and asset pool with the additions of Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two first-round picks.

As for Philly, former-Rockets GM Daryl Morey has been reconnected with James Harden. The 2018 MVP will pair one of the league’s best talents with a current MVP candidate in Joel Embiid. The price was hefty for the 76ers, especially for a version of Harden that has underwhelmed this season, but they must feel confident he can return to the player he once was to push this 5th-place team the championship they covet.

Of note to the Bulls (other than the fact that two of their top competitors just significantly improved on paper): Paul Millsap will also go to the 76ers in the deal. One has to wonder if the organization could look to buy him out, but it also feels likely they view his veteran savvy as a viable frontcourt piece, especially with big man Drummond now out of the picture.

We’ll update this post with any additional news or thoughts as they roll out.

Oh, and one more thing:


Woj notes that the Nets are not done adding, which is a bit of a scary thought. Those draft picks could be put to good use to add another instant-impact veteran.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.