Yesterday during the active NBA Trade Deadline, the Brooklyn Nets traded James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, an unprotected 2022 first-round pick, and a protected 2027 first-round pick.
The deal finally settles all of the media coverage that has surrounded Simmons and the 76ers since the Eastern Conference Finals. Since then, Simmons missed all 54 games this season and has been fined up to $19 million this season.
James Harden also exits out of Brooklyn and joins his former Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey in Philadelphia. When the rumors started to ramp up, the Nets organization and Harden were adamant about Harden not being moved and him being committed to Brooklyn. In his final week with the team, Harden scored 4 points in 37 vs. Sacramento and missed the last three games with a hamstring.
Now, both Simmons and Harden get fresh starts in desired trade destinations. Brooklyn, who are losers of ten games straight, look to turn the tide with the newly acquired players.