Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers Make Blockbuster Trade Centered On James Harden For Ben Simmons
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The blockbuster trade involving James Harden and Ben Simmons has come to pass.
The Brooklyn Nets are trading Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers for Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The draft picks are an unprotected first-round pick in 2022 and a 2027 protected pick that might flip to 2028.
The Nets’ Big 3 of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had hopes of winning an NBA championship but ended up playing just 16 games together — going 13-3 — before a disgruntled Harden forced his way out. It’s the second time in two years Harden has forced his way out of a situation he was unhappy with after he left the Houston Rockets in January 2021. He will be reunited with Sixers GM Daryl Morey, who was with him in Houston.
The Sixers made the deal without giving up young stars Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.