NBA Trade Rumors: The One Critical Condition on Which Philadelphia 76ers’ Trade for James Harden Relies on

Published 11/13/2020, 2:06 PM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: James Harden (13) of the Houston Rockets bites his beard during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Ever since the Philadelphia 76ers hired the former Rockets GM, Daryl Morey, as their President of Basketball Operations, numerous trade rumors have emerged. The most prominent out of the bunch is James Harden potentially reuniting with Morey in Philadelphia.

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Former NBA player Jay Williams weighed in on this potential trade rumor on ESPN’s KJZ. He was asked if this trade will help Philly in lifting the Eastern Conference title.

Yes, they would. The one caveat to that, that would probably stop that is I wonder, if Tim Fertitta, the owner of the Houston Rockets, would actually allow Daryl Morey to leave the organization to say he takes the time off.

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“To then go to Philadelphia and get hired. Tim Fertitta would have to be helping out the Philadelphia 76ers to do that.”

Daryl Morey’s departure from the franchise seemed inevitable after recent performances by the Rockets. However, it is a well-known fact that Harden and Morey shared a special bond.

If it weren’t for Morey, Harden wouldn’t have gotten a team built around him year after year. But is there any weight to this rumor about Harden to Philly?

Well, with Russell Westbrook’s departure almost certain from the team, Harden could be next. Because it’s a now or never case for Harden to potentially lead a team to an NBA Championship.

Can the Philadelphia 76ers really pull off this trade?

Aug 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) stands midcourt before the game against the Boston Celtics as banners commemorating the birthday of late Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant are displayed in game four of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Just like the Rockets, the 76ers themselves have a dynamic duo in place. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have been leading the franchise over the last few seasons. However, they have failed to make any strides in the Playoffs.

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As a result, many are wondering if blowing up this experiment is the best option for the Sixers. If Philly do decide to split up the duo, trading Ben Simmons away would be the best decision.

This will open up the lane for Embiid, while Harden can give defenders a nightmare from beyond the arc. What’s more, the Rockets will get a young star in return.

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But what do you think? Is Harden to the Sixers a viable trade? Let us know in the comments section.

 

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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