Bombshell in the NBA: Ben Simmons and Harden could be the most anticipated trade. The Philadelphia 76ers could offer their best player to bring from the Brooklyn Nets the former MVP who is not having his best days.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Next Thursday, February 10, the NBA market closes and many teams are pulling their strings in recent days to try to improve their squads.
It is necessary to cover deficiencies or remove players whose performance is not convincing to reduce salary mass and look for a replacement that can contribute more.
One of the bombings that can jump in the next few days – even in the next few hours – would be the transfer of Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for James Harden for the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Shams Charania, of The Athletic.
BREAKING: Sixers are “expected” to pursue James Harden before the trade deadline, and the Nets are “now open to discussing a deal,” via @ShamsCharania
WOW. ??? pic.twitter.com/uv86qV4naB
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 4, 2022
The prestigious journalist, one of the NBA gurus, never gives a stitch without a thread and assured that the Sixers are going to knock on the Nets door, if they have not already done so, to offer them Simmons in exchange for Harden.
Also, the Brooklyn team would be open to discussing a deal.
Philadelphia wants to make the offer more attractive and would offer Brooklyn a combo of supporting players that could include Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle.
The Nets are not in a hurry because they still think they have a squad to fight for the ring despite the losing streak they have after accumulating seven consecutive losses.
If James Harden has played his last game as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, the Big Three of Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving will have only played 16 games across two seasons together.
Would go up there among the biggest “What Ifs” in NBA History. pic.twitter.com/AFWEe9Y3ge
— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) February 4, 2022
However, they are willing to study the operation if they consider that in the agreement they receive players who can raise the overall level of the team.
James Harden refused to sign a long-term extension of his contract at the time, which ends this season, and that fueled rumors that he intended to leave the team in this winter market.
That upset the Nets fans, who believe that the player has already packed his bags to go to another team at the end of the season.
Harden effort thread because I watched the film back and, my god, it's pathetic.
Clip 1: just blatantly not caring. pic.twitter.com/NbCccj2Ntt
— Erik Slater (@erikslaterNR) February 3, 2022
The contract situation makes this exchange increasingly possible, but it is not the only thing: the player’s performance this regular season fell to the point of being considered one more of the bunch and his relationship with his teammates was not the best .
Harden’s behavior toward the rest of the team has also changed, for example when the former MVP denied a players-only meeting because he was sick of talking nonstop this season:
“I think we’ve talked too much. We just have to go out there and do it consistently. We have moments where we’re great and we have moments where we’re really bad. We just have to find some consistency over the course of games”.
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