James Harden Shuns Comparisons Between His Trade From the Rockets and the Ben Simmons Trade Saga

Published 10/02/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Feb 9, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (R) goes up for a shot against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Philadelphia 76ers and their All-star Ben Simmons are in a tight tussle after the 2020-21 season ended on a negative note. The talks have reached a point where Simmons has asked for a trade from Philadelphia. But, does it sound similar to the James Harden trade from Houston to Brooklyn? The Beard surely believes in a ‘no’.

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During his tenure with the Houston Rockets, James Harden emerged as a main character on the court. After excelling from the bench at Thunder, it was a new avatar for Harden. But, his dominance with 3 scoring titles on the way wasn’t sufficient to keep him on the team in 2020.

And eventually, Harden was traded by the Rockets to Brooklyn Nets in a four-team mega deal.

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DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: Gary Harris (14) of the Denver Nuggets pins James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets in the corner during the third quarter of Denver’s 105-95 win on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

James Harden says he’s moved on from the Rockets-Nets trade

Seeing Philly’s key player Ben Simmons on the edge of a trade, James Harden says it’s a “totally different” scenario from his. He told – “It was a little uncomfortable for me but I had to go through it. On the other side I’m happy to where I am now. Hopefully, everybody forgot about it”

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The Beard’s trade to the Nets led to east’s biggest trio

Harden joined superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn to form a title-contending Big 3 of the east. It’s a star roster that suffered injuries last season, turning into an unproductive season for the Nets. However, the 2021-22 season is on its way and the trio is expected to make it a blockbuster year.

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Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, Ben Simmons is finding a trade destination for himself while facing an increasing communication gap with his team management. Is he going to forget his banter with the 76ers after a trade? We’re yet to find out.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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