Nets, 76ers Working On 4-Team James Harden Trade?

Nets, 76ers Working On 4-Team James Harden Trade?

Late last week reports emerged that the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers were beginning to engage in communication regarding James Harden.

Harden has grown increasingly disgruntled with the Nets over the past few months, for a myriad of reasons ranging from his beef with Kyrie Irving to his dissatisfaction with Steve Nash. He wants out.

The 76ers, meanwhile, love Harden and have been desperately looking to unload Ben Simmons for a superstar. The stars appeared to be aligning.

Unfortunately, two major roadblocks immediately presented themselves: the Sixers’ refusal to include one particular player in any trade and the Nets’ demand for a different player in any prospective Harden swap.

That meant additional teams needed to get involved. And it appears as though they have.

According to NBA insider James Stewart, a four-team swap involving both Harden and Simmons may be in the works.

“Heard the Nets, 76ers, Pelicans and Thunder were / are trying to figure out a deal with James Harden, Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons as part of it,” he wrote. “James Harden would end up in Philly.”

More fuel was added to the fire when another NBA insider, Jack Settleman, reported that Harden’s absence from the Nets’ lineup would continue on Tuesday night.

“Wanted to confirm first,” he reported. “James Harden is intentionally being held out of tonight’s game.”

Being intentionally held out of a game is often, though not always, a precursor to a trade.

The NBA Trade Deadline is Feb. 10. With two days to go, anything can happen.

That said, where there’s smoke – there’s fire.

Maybe this four-teamer will come together, maybe not. Multi-team trades are notoriously difficult to facilitate. But there is a very good chance something involving Harden and Simmons will get done.

What will the final product look like? Time will tell.

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Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7's go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.

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