A Woj bomb was dropped on Tuesday when Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out that James Harden let Houston know he is interested in being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Reporting w/ @ESPN_MacMahon: James Harden has recently indicated to Houston he’d be open to a trade to Philadelphia or other contenders. So far, no substantive talks with Sixers. Daryl Morey’s been adamant he wants to keep his two young stars. https://t.co/9ZFKB8MSGx— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 8, 2020
While the NBA world has been buzzing for a few weeks now about this possibility, it finally feels like this trade could actually happen. The only thing I’m left wondering is what pieces could the 76ers give Houston to make this trade a reality.
Let’s take a look at some trade options that would be a great opportunity for both teams. And ridiculous trades that I wish were possible.
Option 1 – Ben Simmons
The first trade that makes the most sense to me, would be sending Ben Simmons to Houston. Obviously Houston will be looking for more than Simmons, which is why I believe a first round pick will be involved in this deal as well. Houston isn’t going to let a former MVP walk away without getting something very large in return. I believe this trade makes the most sense for Philadelphia. For Houston, this deal would be more of a head scratcher than trading Westbrook for John Wall. That’s a different story for a different day. It’s time for Simmons to move on. Maybe a fresh start in Houston will help his three-point shot.
Option 2 – Carson Wentz
I’m not sure how Wentz’s jumper is but he’s definitely going to be looking for a new home after the news from Tuesday. The people of Philadelphia would love to see Wentz on his way out after the way this season has unfolded. Wentz for Harden just makes sense.
Option 3 – Joel Embiid
While the 76ers would prefer to keep Embiid alongside Harden, this trade still could be a possibility. Houston would more than likely still be asking for a first round pick in this deal, along with another player to be named later. Embiid has been the heart and soul of the 76ers franchise the past few years, and this trade would be a blow to the Philly fan base.
Option 4 – Gritty
Gritty has been nightmare fuel since the moment he was introduced to the masses. I’m still not sure what Gritty really is. I’m not sure anyone really does to be honest. The people of Philadelphia should say goodbye forever to Gritty, and send him packing to Houston. Although he may have some competition with my guy Clutch in Houston.
So there you have it. The price for James Harden will be very steep. Philadelphia will most certainly have to deal one of their young stars to gain one of the top players in the league. I’m not sure how many more times we will have to hear this rumor, but James Harden playing for Houston on opening night doesn’t seem set in stone.