There has been a lot of trade speculation growing between the Brooklyn Nets' James Harden and Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons. It's been wildly reported that the Sixers hope to move Simmons, but Harden being dealt would shake up the Eastern Conference.

The Nets have reportedly become increasingly concerned with Harden and his ability to fit with the current construction of the roster. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that both players and members of the coaching staff have been concerned with Harden's role.

James Harden has primarily always been a ball-first point guard. Yes, he averages double digit assists, but a lot of that is because he has the ball in his hands all the time. But on a team with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, that is not the ideal situation. Nets coach Steve Nash reportedly has sat down with the big three, attempting to find a way to keep everyone happy and the offense flowing.

Since the Nets acquired Harden's services via trade with the Houston Rockets, Durant, Irving and Harden have only played in 16 games together. They are 13-3 in those games. So the internal belief is that this team is still capable of winning a championship. But if Irving is unable to play home games in the postseason, it makes things much difficult.

The Nets have been in a free fall lately. They have lost six straight games and dropped to sixth place in the Eastern Conference at 29-22. Kevin Durant is still weeks away from returning from his sprained MCL. They are 2-7 since he went down.

Harden is currently dealing with tightness in his hamstring and will miss Friday's game. It'll be on Irving to carry the load and hope to snap to losing streak.