Disgruntled James Harden was traded on Thursday From Brooklyn to Philadelphia.
Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said that the blockbuster trade that sent James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Ben Simmons was a difficult one to make, but one that ultimately will allow both Harden and the Nets to get the fresh start they needed.
PHILADELPHIA — James Harden may officially be a 76er, but his debut will have to wait.
The newly acquired superstar guard will not play Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder or Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he is expected to arrive in Philadelphia this weekend and get looked over by the team’s medical personnel.
Harden, who is averaging 22.5 points, 10.2 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game this season, has missed the past week with hamstring tightness. That issue saw him sit out his final three games with the Brooklyn Nets before Thursday’s deadline-day blockbuster sent him and veteran big man Paul Millsap to Philadelphia in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and a pair of first-round picks.
James Harden Traded For Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons Was Also Disgruntled
Simmons didn’t want to play for the 76ers again, and not only did he get his wish, he’s going to a team with two superstars and championship aspirations. This was a pretty good outcome for his future. Sure, Simmons lost a good chunk of his 2021-22 salary by holding out, but his contract still has three years and more than $100 million in salary remaining.