James Harden joins 76ers from Brooklyn Nets
The 76ers and Nets have completed a trade to send James Harden to Philadelphia in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks. Brooklyn will also send forward Paul Millsap to Philadelphia, and the Sixers will send an unprotected 2022 first-rounder and a protected 2027 first-rounder, per sources.
As part of the deal, Harden is opting into his $47.3 million player option for next season, sources said.
Harden has missed Brooklyn’s last three games due to left hamstring tightness. In 44 games this season, the three-time scoring champion is averaging 22.5 points, 10.2 assists and eight rebounds per game. He was recently named an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve, marking his 10th appearance in 13 seasons in the league.
Harden joined the Nets in January 2021 as part of a four-team trade between the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Brooklyn. Prior to that, he spent nine seasons with the Rockets but requested a trade from the team ahead of the 2020-21 season, listing Brooklyn as one of his preferred destinations.
Last week, The Athletic reported the Nets and 76ers would engage in trade talks involving Harden and Simmons.
Simmons hasn't played for Philadelphia this season. He requested a trade in the offseason and then informed the team in October that he was not mentally ready to play again for the franchise and needed time to work on himself.
The Sixers drafted Simmons with the top pick in 2016. He missed his first season due to a foot injury and went on to win Rookie of the Year for the 2017-18 campaign. Simmons has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in the four seasons he's played.
Curry started 45 games for Philadelphia this season, averaging 15 points and shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. Drummond was the Sixers' second-leading rebounder, with 8.8 boards in 18.4 minutes per game.
Millsap was averaging 11.3 minutes per game in 24 appearances for the Nets in his 16th season in the league.