When the Philadelphia 76ers acquired NBA superstar James Harden, they had the Larry O’Brien Trophy in mind. Unfortunately, the Miami Heat had similar ambitions this season.
Whether they’ll get to hoist it at the end of the year remains to be seen. We know the Sixers won’t. The Heat sent them packing in the 2021-22 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Now, they’re left to sit at home and wonder how they can ensure a different result next season.
They probably won’t come to the conclusion that they need to trade James Harden. General Manager Daryl Morey moved heaven and earth to acquire him.
Cutting ties after half a season in the City of Brotherly Love is probably not an option he’s putting on the table.
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Consider this a thought experiment. The Sixers could determine that Harden is clearly past his prime. With Tyrese Maxey emerging as a star, they could opt to bolster their frontcourt depth by moving Harden.
Meanwhile, the Sacramento Kings aim to break the league’s longest playoff drought in 2022-23. They’d probably do just about anything to improve. Here are two trade packages that land them The Beard.