By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia 76ers Executive Daryl Morey was dead-set on acquiring James Harden. On Thursday, he was finally able to get reunited with Harden.
The Brooklyn Nets traded Harden and Paul Millsap to the 76ers in a blockbuster deal. In exchange, the Nets received disgruntled player Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two first-round draft picks.
We’re told that Simmons could have been traded six months ago if Morey, who is the 76ers defacto GM despite being the team’s President of Basketball Operations, was not dead-set on acquiring Harden. Despite recent denials, the teams were talking behind the scenes.
Harden did not want to play for the Nets anymore. And now he will want a $200-plus million extension from the 76ers.
Simmons has sat out the entire season up until this point. His former employer had been fining him for missed games as his representatives tried to resolve their differences with the team.
The former No. 1 overall pick was considered broken because he struggled shooting. Now, the Nets will try to help him with his game.
Harden played with the Houston Rockets from 2012-2021. Morey acquired Harden in the 2012 deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Morey was with the Rockets as their general manager from 2007 until stepping down on November 1, 2020. The following day, he was hired as the 76ers President of Basketball Operations.
It has been Morey’s goal since November 2, 2020, to bring Harden to Philadelphia. And now he got his wish.Follow Us on Social Media: