Earlier today, the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers agreed to a blockbuster trade just hours before Thursday’s deadline, with James Harden and Paul Millsap going to Philadelphia and Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round draft picks going to Brooklyn.
The trio of Harden, Irving, and Durant only played in sixteen total games together before the bearded one made his exit. It was a complete and utter failure.
Now, that Harden is going to Philly, the strip clubs in the area, who clearly know how much he loves the women, have already rolled out the red carpet in anticipation of his arrival.
What a welcome.
For Philadelphia, it means the end of what has been a monthslong saga surrounding Ben Simmons, who refused to ever play for the franchise again. Simmons hasn’t been around the team and has not played in a game this season. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne stated Simmons will continue to work with his therapist to get mentally ready to play in Brooklyn.
The relationship between Harden and the Nets appeared to break down in recent days, with Harden declining to formally ask for a trade, fearing the backlash of doing so for the second time in a little more than a year. He ended up getting traded anyway.
Harden has exercised his $47.4 million player option for the 2022-23 season as part of the trade, and the 10-time All-Star is eligible to sign a four-year, $223 million extension with Philadelphia in August.
That is a lot of more money he could throw at clubs in the area.