In a blockbuster NBA trade of epic proportions, the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are swapping two superstar players with Ben Simmons going to New York and James Harden going to Philly.
Philadelphia had to move a lot more assets to pry Harden out of Brooklyn. The 76ers are trading Simmons, point guard Seth Curry, center Andre Drummond and two first-round picks to the Nets for Harden.
Harden has been out of action for the last few games due to a combination of injuries and preparation for the trade. He’s had a rough season and is averaging one of his lowest point per game totals in a decade.
Simmons has not played this season due to a “back injury” that most fans believe will miraculously heal now that he has a new team. When healthy, he’s an All-Star talent that can do everything but shoot the three.
Of course, Simmons’ struggles from any distance has been one of the big factors in his ousting from Philadelphia.
Fans of both teams believe that they won the trade and may be on the verge of winning a title now. But the biggest reaction is simply a combo of shock and awe:
This is crazy https://t.co/vf6AYv2dzD
— Tristan White (@tristanlee22) February 10, 2022
They actually did it https://t.co/wA0jC8X1xZ
— Sanjay suresh (@SSanjay__) February 10, 2022
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD https://t.co/73Aw9REJEg
— Cranjis McBasketball (@CranjisBBall) February 10, 2022
James Harden to the 76ers! Wow! And the Nets get Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond and Seth Curry! Plus two first round picks!
— Ian O’Brien (@iobrien27) February 10, 2022
Time will tell who truly “won” the trade. That will probably be determined by which team goes farther in the playoffs this year (assuming either does).
But for now, let’s sit back and revel in one of the biggest blockbuster trades in recent memory.