Sources – Clippers land James Harden in blockbuster 76ers deal

Adrian WojnarowskiVeteran NBA InsiderOctober 31, 2023, 06:04 am3 minutes of reading

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The LA Clippers Acquired 10-time All-Star guard James Harden In a blockbuster trade Philadelphia 76ers Monday night, sources told ESPN.

The 76ers sent Harden, BJ Tucker And Philip Petrusev For the Clippers Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Nick falls, KJ MartinA 2028 unprotected first-round pick, two second-round picks, a 2029 big swap and an additional first-round pick will be sent from a third team, sources told ESPN.

The Clippers and a third team were still finalizing those details Monday night, sources said.

The Sixers are giving up the veteran guard Danny Green To make roster space for the trade, sources said.

The Clippers partnered Harden with the All-Star forwards Kawhi Leonard And Paul Georgeand guard Russell Westbrookwho played with Harden Oklahoma City Thunder And Houston Rockets. The Clippers and Sixers have been discussing a Harden trade since July and finally struck a deal on Monday night.

The Clippers and 76ers began talking about a trade again over the weekend as Harden’s rejoining the Sixers’ lineup became unlikely, sources said.

The Sixers wanted to get two first-round picks from the Harden trade, and hoped those assets — combined with second-round picks and a big swap — would give them a chance to pursue another top guard. Trade in partnership with MVP Joel Embiid And Tires Maxi In this season.

Harden is „excited” about going to the Clippers and hopes to move to Los Angeles soon, sources close to him told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. He is likely to attend the Clippers’ home game on Tuesday night Orlando Magic.

Harden, 34, requested the trade in June when he picked up his $35.6 million player option for the 2023-24 season. During a promotional appearance in China in August, he He called 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey „a liar.” Several times, and it was agreed earlier this month to rejoin the team Their relationship was irreplaceable.

Harden has yet to play for Philadelphia this season, and he was on the bench with his teammates during Sunday’s game, wearing jeans and a green hoodie, after participating in the 76ers’ pregame workout and video session. He was expected to participate in Tuesday’s practice at the team’s Camden, New Jersey facility.

Harden has been one of the league’s best players over the past decade, winning three scoring titles and the 2018 league MVP award. He led the league in assists last season.

Harden, who grew up in Southern California and starred at Artesia High School in Lakewood, had expressed interest in being traded to the Clippers.

The 76ers (2-1) next play on Thursday RaptorsThe Clippers (2-1) host the Magic on Tuesday before facing off Lakers On Wednesday.

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