Nets, Sixers ‘Trending Toward’ James Harden For Ben Simmons Trade

James Harden, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, NBA Trade Rumors
NBA Analysis Network

The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers may have some business to tend to ahead of the NBA trade deadline and it may involve former league MVP James Harden.

During the days leading up to the NBA trade deadline, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia Sixers are expected to believed to be open to ‘discussing a deal’ for James Harden as Philadelphia continues to survey solutions in the ongoing search for a Ben Simmons trade. Now, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting the two sides are ‘trending towards’ getting a deal done.

The Nets made a massive investment when it came to acquiring Harden in the trade from the Houston Rockets—exhausting their cache of future first-round picks. Brooklyn would need to land a genuinely enticing trade package in order to part with Harden, especially to send him within the Eastern Conference.

Ben Simmons would be the clear centerpiece of a potential trade that would send Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers. However, Charania reported that role players such as Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey, and Matisse Thybulle are considered options to ‘sweeten’ a potential trade package.

LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Teams Sound Really Worried About James Harden Going To Sixers

While the Nets are not necessarily looking to make a move involving Harden just for the sake of a deal, they reportedly are open to a deal if it can help better balance out their roster around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The Brooklyn Nets have been sinking as of late, and fast. They have lost nine consecutive games as Kevin Durant remains sidelined. There’s been growing doubts about the fit with James Harden and the rest of the team given the half-court offense operates much differently when he is on the floor versus when he is off.

LATEST NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Teams Sound Really Worried About James Harden Going To Sixers

The ties that James Harden shares with a variety of key members of the Philadelphia 76ers organization has raised attention to them being a potential landing spot for the former MVP in the near future. It appears potentially close to coming to fruition earlier than initially expected.

About Grant Afseth 1117 Articles
Grant Afseth is a contributor to NBA Analysis Network who specializes in creating in-depth analysis. He also covers the Texas NBA teams for FanNation.