Should The Sixers Pursue A James Harden Trade?
Just like that. Philadelphia is back in the mix for James Harden. Rumor after rumor has been flying out about whether or not Harden was committed to the Rockets. I think it’s safe to say he is clearly unhappy. This is now the second or third time we have heard a report about it. And this time, it is coming from none other than Adrian Wojnarowski.
Yes, we are revisiting this. No, we are not trading Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid. But, I would certainly entertain a trade without those two involved. The only problem is, how much does Houston want? A package would have to involve Tobias Harris as the centerpiece. He’s making roughly $34 million a year.
Call me crazy, but I really wouldn’t be willing to mortgage the depth or future of this team for James Harden. Meaning, I’m not sure I’m comfortable packaging multiple first-round picks and young players for Harden. There has to be a cut-off. Trading Tobias, Matisse, Maxey, and two firsts for example; is too much for my comfort.
With each passing day, the Sixers only get more and more leverage in a trade. So if James Harden continues to dip on the Rockets for the nightlife with Lil Baby etc. That will only benefit the other teams attempting to trade for Harden. Houston already lost leverage by trading his running mate Russell Westbrook last week.
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