James Harden Joins Los Angeles Clippers’ Big Four: Trade Details, Player Analysis, and More

2023-10-31 08:31:37

James Harden joins the Clippers’ Big Four. (Photo/Dazhi Image Associated Press)

ESPN’s well-known reporter Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade star guard James Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers, and will team up with Paul George and Leonard (Kawhi Leonard) and Russell Westbrook (Russell Westbrook) formed the luxury Big Four, and the 76ers received Nicolas Batum and other four players and draft picks.

According to the transaction content, the Clippers received Harden and veteran forward PJ Tucker, while the 76ers received Patton, Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, and 2028 unfinished players. Protect first-round pick, 2 second-round picks and draft pick swap. The 76ers also waived veteran Danny Green to complete the deal.

The Sixers are acquiring Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, multiple draft picks and a pick swap for James Harden, PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/fSOkgO5xd3

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 31, 2023 Harden is headed to Los Angeles as expected. (Photo taken from Twitter)

It is worth mentioning that the deal does not include Clippers forward Terrence Mann, whom the 76ers are rumored to be trying to acquire; and interestingly, the Clippers’ Big Four are all from Southern California.

The 34-year-old Harden took a salary cut of US$15 million last offseason to create room for reinforcements for the 76ers. President Daryl Morey originally agreed to re-sign him to a five-year maximum salary contract this summer, but ended up breaking his promise. Harden was so angry that he broke up with the team. In June, he issued a “trade me” declaration, hoping that the 76ers would trade him to the Clippers. He also angrily criticized Murray as a liar when participating in business activities in China, threatening to ” I will never play for him again.”

It was only reported on the 30th that Harden participated in the 76ers’ pre-game film analysis and training work. He is expected to officially return to team training on November 1 and is expected to play the first game of the season this week. Unexpectedly, he still parted ways with Philadelphia.

Harden and 76ers president Murray had a falling out. (Picture/reproduced from Twitter @TheNBACentel)

Harden was traded to the 76ers by the Nets in February 2022 and teamed up with Joel Embiid to compete for the championship. However, he lost in the second round of the playoffs for two consecutive seasons and has yet to win a championship in his career. taste.

Harden has been selected to the All-Stars 10 times in his career, selected to the first team of the year 6 times, won 1 annual MVP, 3 German points champions, 2 assists champions, and was selected as the NBA’s 75 superstars.

After the Clippers acquired him again, 4 of the 5 starting players were star players and were selected to a total of 32 All-Star Games. If Cheng stays healthy, he is expected to win the first championship in team history.

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