By Anthony Caruso III | Editor
Philadelphia 76ers executive Daryl Morey was determined to acquire James Harden. On Thursday, he was finally able to find 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 picks.
We’re told Simmons could have been traded six months ago if Morey, who is the de facto general manager of the 76ers despite being the team’s president of basketball operations, wasn’t determined to acquire Harden. Despite recent denials, the teams were talking behind the scenes.
Harden no longer wanted to play for the Nets. And now he’ll want a more than $200 million extension from the 76ers.
Simmons has missed the entire season so far. His former employer had fined 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 to shoot. From now on, the Nets will try to help him in his game.
Harden played with the Houston Rockets from 2012 to 2021. Morey acquired Harden as part of the 2012 deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Morey was with the Rockets as general manager from 2007 until his resignation on November 1, 2020. The following day, he was hired as president of basketball operations for the 76ers.
It has been Morey’s goal since November 2, 2020 to bring Harden to Philadelphia. And now he got his wish.
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