The NBA Trade Deadline is quickly approaching and rumors are in full swing. Recently, it was believed that the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers were in talks for a massive James Harden-Ben Simmons deal. However, the latest update sheds a different light on the story.
According to ESPN, the Nets are shooting down the idea of a trade going down with the 76ers. They claim the two general managers spoke briefly about James Harden and Ben Simmons and it was immediately shot down by Brooklyn.
Regardless, it feels like trading either of these players is in the best interest of the clubs. Harden becomes a free agent at the end of the NBA year, while Ben Simmons isn’t helping Philadelphia at all. Even so, Steve Nash doesn’t believe a deal will be made by the NBA trade deadline, as he claims, “Brooklyn leadership has shown zero inclination to move James Harden prior to Thursday’s trade deadline—for Ben Simmons or any rival package,” per Bleacher Report.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the deadline being on Thursday. We should see numerous trades go down as NBA teams either go all-in on a championship run, or garner draft picks for a rebuild. Although the Nets and 76ers are attempting to shut down the trade rumors, all eyes will be on both franchises.
Maybe a deal comes to fruition, but as of now, it doesn’t look like it will. It’s not an ideal situation for either team, as both the Nets and 76ers are built to win an NBA championship. Whether that happens or not is yet to be determined.