76ers Fans Relieved by James Harden Trade: 'Don't Let the Door Hit Ya'


<p>76ers Fans Relieved by James Harden Trade: 'Don't Let the Door Hit Ya'</p><p></p><p>The Philadelphia 76ers traded James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, much to the relief of their fans who were sick of the saga.</p><p>On the eve of the NFL trade deadline, the NBA was rocked by a blockbuster move: The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly ended their months-long trade saga with James Harden by sending him to the Los Angeles Clippers.After ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news, there was a lengthy silence before details emerged: Harden, P.J. Tucker and Filip Petrusev are headed to Los Angeles in exchange for Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, K.J. Martin, multiple draft picks and pick swap.For the Sixers, the trade accomplished the two-fold goal of sending Harden away and bringing in draft equity that could be flipped for additional talent around reigning MVP center Joel Embiid.The Clippers, meanwhile, brought in a dangerous scorer and distributor to play with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard (whenever George and Leonard are healthy), and they held on to Terance Mann, who was a sticking point in the Harden negotiations.Harden is a controversial figure in NBA circles. After the Oklahoma City Thunder dealt him to the Houston Rockets in 2012, he remained in a Rockets uniform for nearly a decade, but he demanded the Rockets trade Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook after the 2017-18 season, and when that pairing fell apart, he demanded the Rockets trade him to the Brooklyn Nets so he could play with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.Harden got his wish, but soon soured on that situation as well and semi-informally demanded a trade to the Sixers. The 76ers dealt Ben Simmons to get him, but again, the situation in Philadelphia soured this offseason after the Sixers were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the playoffs.Harden went on the offensive against Sixers GM Daryl Morey, publicly calling him a liar on multiple occasions, and despite a deeply depressed trade market, he avoided ever having to suit up for the Sixers again with Monday's deal.Given all that history, it should come as little surprise that the trade generated plenty of jokes.Fans of the 76ers were particularly jubilant to see Harden go.Still, it's easy to see how the Clippers can talk themselves into the Harden deal given the talent already on the roster and the small price they had to pay.The Clippers are all in on the present, trying to win a championship in the near term with draft picks tied up every year between now and 2029.Whether or not they will be able to do so remains to be seen. The defending champions Denver Nuggets are just as formidable this year, and the East features several beefed-up contenders. But for now, at least, the Clippers' front office has another star at their disposal and seems to have garnered an enormous amount of gratitude from the city of Philadelphia.</p>