Just after Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic described on Monday that the Sixers‘ desire would be to retain Ben Simmons right until the offseason in order to pursue James Harden, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer cited sources who claimed the exact same detail.
“At the close of the day, it is Harden all the way,” just one league source told Pompey. “They want Harden, no matter whether they get him now (or) regardless of whether they get him on a forced indication-and-trade this summer months.”
The thought of the Nets buying and selling Harden throughout the time can in all probability be ruled out. But the previous MVP will be eligible for no cost agency this summer months, so he’ll have leverage at that stage if he wants a improve of scenery. Nonetheless, the Sixers would not have the cap place vital to signal Harden outright, so Brooklyn would have to get on board with the thought of attaining Simmons in a indication-and-trade.
Resources notify Pompey that the Nets are informed of Philadelphia’s prepare to go after Harden in the offseason and know that the star guard has excellent associations with Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and co-operator Michael Rubin. But Harden has previously mentioned that he ideas to keep on being in Brooklyn lengthy-expression — and even if he has a improve of heart, it would most likely consider a ton of convincing for the Nets to mail him to a division rival.
“If I’m the Nets, am I providing up James Harden until I know what Ben is going to be?” a single resource mentioned to Pompey. “And am I offering him up to go 100 miles away? I’m likely to have to see [Harden] many diverse periods a year.”
For what it is well worth, Pompey says persons shut to the Sixers deny that the team is targeted especially on Harden, reiterating that Morey just would like a star player in return for Simmons — Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard are among the the other likely targets who have been frequently talked about. Harden may perhaps be atop Philadelphia’s want record though, and resources who spoke to The Inquirer proposed Harden would welcome participating in with heart Joel Embiid.
Here’s extra on the Sixers:
- Some of Pompey’s resources believe that probable trade companions are cautious of participating in serious talks with the Sixers for anxiety of leaks. “Whenever teams inquire, it exhibits up in the media at some potential inside of the future 24 hours,” a resource instructed The Inquirer. “Everyone is seeking Daryl to occur to them with challenging proposals. No one wants to be the one to deliver a little something in due to the fact they are worried as quickly as they do it, they are going to be uncovered.”
- One particular supply instructed Pompey that trade conversations with the Sixers are also hard because Morey has a tendency to go the target posts — you might consider you are receiving near to building a deal, then Morey will arrive back and ask for more.
- In a pair of tales for PhillyVoice.com, Kyle Neubeck examines the Harden rumors in an energy to establish how very seriously to choose them, and ranks hypothetical Simmons trade deals from most to least intriguing.
- David Murphy of The Philadelphia Inquirer advocates for persistence on the Simmons entrance, given that investing the previous No. 1 in general choose signifies the Sixers’ finest probability to get Embiid the support he needs to switch the crew into a title contender. Even though having the very best give at the deadline may well assistance in the shorter term, it could backfire in the for a longer period time period by restricting the team’s ceiling, Murphy writes.