REPORTS: 76ers Get One Step Closer to James Harden Trade as League Set for Massive Shake Up

Published 02/09/2022, 5:30 PM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) reacts to a call against his team during the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Ben Simmons saga has been one of the biggest talking points among the NBA circles since last August. However, the long standoff between Simmons and the Sixers could settle in the next few hours. The Nets and the Sixers reportedly had discussions on Tuesday for a deal involving James Harden and Ben Simmons.

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It has been just around a year since James Harden joined the Nets and formed the elite trio alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. However, now Harden could be on his way out of Brooklyn if the Sixers and the Nets conclude the deal.

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After the reports of the discussions between the Nets and the Sixers went viral, the latest report indicates that the situation is going to resolve soon.

James Harden & Ben Simmons’ deal reportedly in ‘Deal Zone’

Brian Windhorst recently reported on ESPN’s Get Up that the deal between the Nets and the Sixer is in the ‘Deal Zone’. He also added that the deal is “absolutely happening.”

“The teams are absolutely engaged in trade discussions. I know there’s people saying things on the record, trying to act like that’s not happening, but it is absolutely happening. There is definite motivation from both sides to make this fall into place,” Brian Windhorst said on ESPN’s Get UP.

Brian added, “But as far as I can tell Greeny, we’re in the Deal Zone between Harden and Simmons. I suspect they’re going to get it done, I’m not going to tell you they’re going to get it done, but it’s trending in that direction.”

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The trade deadline is closing in and with it comes another concrete report of the Harden-Simmons deal. However, we’re not sure what the word ‘Deal Zone’ means. But it hints that the two sides are engaged in discussions and might come to conclusion soon.

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Harden has been overloaded in the absence of Durant and Kyrie. While Durant has missed several games due to injury, Kyrie started playing earlier last month and can only play the road games.

Can the Sixers and the Nets pull it off before the trade deadline? Let us know what do you think in the comment section below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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