Harden, Simmons last trade, Nets not lost

2022-06-01 0 By

The Nets traded James Harden and the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond.Sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers reached a blockbuster deal just hours before Thursday’s deadline that will send James Harden and Paul Millsap to Philadelphia,Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks are headed to Brooklyn.According to Wojnarowski, Brooklyn would receive Philadelphia’s unprotected 2022 first-round pick with the right to defer to 2023, as well as the first eight protected 2027 first-round picks.The pick will remain protected in the top eight in 2028, sources said, and will turn into two second-round picks — and $2 million in cash — if both seasons don’t materialize.The deal freed both teams of unhappy superstars who had been seeking deals.For the Phillies, it meant the end of the months-long saga surrounding Simmons.Simmons asked to be traded shortly after the 76ers lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last year.Aside from a brief practice at training camp in mid-October, Simmons hasn’t been on the team since and hasn’t played in a game this season.Simmons will continue to work with his therapist to get mentally ready for brooklyn, sources told ESPN’s Ramona Sherburn.”It’s a work in progress,” a source close to Simmons told Sherburn.Simmons has spoken with Nets star Kevin Durant, his agent Rich Paul told Wojnarowski.Simmons is eager to join the Nets and is ready to return this season, according to Paul.We just have to get him back playing, but it’s a great step in the right direction.”Paul told Wojnarowski.Meanwhile, harden’s relationship with the Nets has broken down in recent days, with sources telling Woinarowski that Harden has officially declined to request a trade, worried about doing so for the second time in a little over a year.But the Nets want to trade him.A little over a year ago, after Harden was forced to leave Houston after more than eight seasons with the Houston Rockets, the Nets traded four first-round picks and three swaps, plus centers Jarrett Allen and Carice Leifert, and the former league MVP is now on his way again.Harden has exercised his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season as part of the deal, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.The 10-time All-Star is eligible to sign a four-year, $223 million extension with the Philadelphia 76ers in August.The Sixers canceled practice Thursday afternoon, with coach Doc Rivers saying it was a “human” issue.The right thing to do, given the noise surrounding his team over the past few months.”It’s strange,” he said.”I canceled practice.Too many things have happened, too many rumors.I just think the human thing to do, as opposed to a coach, is to be very direct with our players and tell them I get it.Everybody’s name and all that stuff.If Carey plays, Ben Simmons is the best choice for the Nets.How the acquisition of Ben Simmons gave the Nets incredible potential.”So we’ll have a shootaround with our team tomorrow, I promise.”That team will now include Harden and Millsap, but not Simmons and Curry, who is also Rivers’ son-in-law.Curry is averaging 15 points, four assists and shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, developing strong chemistry with Philadelphia superstar center Joel Embiid.But that was not enough to stop the deal from happening.Curry’s addition allows the 76ers to retain two of their best young players, guard Tyrese Maxie and third-year forward Mattis Turnbull.Drummond will give Brooklyn more paint, something the Nets have lacked this season.Brooklyn continues to make trades before the deadline and continues to make roster changes, sources told Woinarowski.Philadelphia, meanwhile, can finally move forward without Simmons, with Harden reuniting with 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, who traded harden in Houston.After Thursday’s trade, the Nets remain favorites.Caesars Sportsbook kept the Nets at 4-1 odds to win the championship, while cutting the 76ers from 12-1 to 7-1.Other bookmakers, however, cut Brooklyn’s odds back.On Thursday, the Westgate Ultrabook in Las Vegas raised the nets’ odds from 6-1 to 10-1.The SuperBook’s favorites are the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix SUNS, both 9_2 odds to win.Next up are the 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks, both 6-1.The Nets are the favorite of most sports fans.