The Brooklyn Nets have been rumored to be interested in a James Harden trade with the Philadelphia Sixers, a sudden change in stance after they were seemingly unwilling to make such a move earlier in the season. The latest Nets rumors reveal what Brooklyn’s general goal in a Harden trade would be, per Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.
But Green would be a plug-and-play role player. In general, league sources say Brooklyn is scouring the trade market for shooting on the wing. Maybe Philly will end up adding some draft compensation to make up the difference. The Sixers have the ability to add their first-rounder in 2022 or 2023, a first in 2027, a first-round pick swap in 2024 and 2028, and five seconds. They will be reluctant to give up any picks, but that’s part of negotiating.
While the general goal of the Nets should be to get as much value back in a James Harden trade, it’s unlikely that the Sixers would be willing to part ways with valuable youngsters such as Tyrese Maxey, Seth Curry and Matisse Thybulle.
According to the Nets rumors, the actual goal of Brooklyn in a Harden trade with the Sixers is to acquire some shooting on the wing, which they have desperately needed with sharpshooter Joe Harris sidelined.
O’Connor lays out a scenario where the Nets and Sixers agree to a Harden trade involving, obviously, Ben Simmons, and veteran wing player Danny Green, whose better days are behind him- though he still has value. The Sixers would then likely have to part with a boatload of future draft picks to make the deal work.
In this scenario, the Nets don’t come out of a potential James Harden trade with many young players, though they would potentially acquire Danny Green, who has championship experience, and valuable draft picks for their future.