Harden Back In LA
In a huge deal with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night, the LA Clippers acquired 10-time All-Star guard James Harden, sources informed ESPN.
In exchange for Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Nic Batum, KJ Martin, a 2028 unprotected first-round selection, two second-round picks, a 2029 pick swap, and an extra first-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 76ers moved Harden, P.J. Tucker, and Filip Petrusev to the Clippers, sources told ESPN.
According to reports, the Clippers are handing Oklahoma City a 2027 first-round selection in exchange for the Thunder's protected 2026 first-round choice, which will allow the Thunder to trade it to the 76ers. According to insiders, the Clippers are also giving the Sixers second-round picks in 2024 and 2029 as part of the transaction.
Harden was acquired by the Clippers to collaborate with All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who previously played with Harden for the Thunder and Houston Rockets, and forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. After deliberating about a Harden deal since July, the Clippers and Sixers ultimately came to a late-night agreement on Monday.
Due to Harden's inability to return to the Sixers starting lineup, the Clippers and 76ers resumed negotiations over the weekend, according to sources.
Over the last ten years, Harden has become as one of the league's best players, taking home three scoring crowns and the 2018 league MVP honors. Last season, he has the most assists in the league.