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76ers trade James Harden to Clippers in early morning trade

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded disgruntled star James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers. Also included in the package going West were P.J. Tucker and Filip Petrušev. 

In exchange, the 76ers received a package of players and draft picks. This included Nicolas Tatum, Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, and numerous picks. 

Disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden looks on during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers
James Harden looks on during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The draft picks include a 2026 Clippers first-round draft pick via the Oklahoma City Thunder, a 2028 unprotected first-round draft pick, two second-round draft picks, and one future pick swap. 

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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 76ers and Clippers began to talk again on a James Harden deal this weekend. Harden had previously requested a trade from the 76ers. 

He had not played for the team since the beginning of the season. Last week a report came out that Harden was not allowed to join the team on a plane to Milwaukee. 

The 34-year-old Harden joins his fifth NBA team in his career. He spent parts of two seasons with the 76ers. 

He also played for the Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Houston Rockets. Last season, Harden averaged 21 points per game. 

Now, Harden joins a star-studded Clippers roster that also includes Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. 

Batum, who is also 34, will be joining his fourth NBA team. He spent part of the last four seasons with the Clippers. He also played for the Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets. 

Tatum is averaging 2.7 points per game this season in three games. 

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Morris, 34, has bounced around in his career. He has yet to play in a game this season. 

He averaged 11.2 points per game last season. Morris played for the Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, and the New York Knicks in his career. 

Covington, 32, has also bounced around in the league, like Morris. This will be his fifth NBA team. 

He made 3 starts this season with the Clippers. Covington is averaging 3.0 points per game. 

Kenyon Martin Jr., also known as KJ Martin, 22, is on his third NBA team. He spent three seasons with the Rockets before joining the Clippers. 

He had appeared in two games with the Clippers before the trade. He was averaging 5.0 points per game in those contests. 

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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