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NBA Trade Deadline News: James Harden for Ben Simmons Blockbuster, Porzingis Distributed to Wizards; Celtics, Clippers, Pistons dealing

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Experience the power of the NBA superstar – again.

A year after James Harden left Houston for Brooklyn, The Beard has successfully made his way to Philadelphia in his continued quest for an elusive championship. Ben Simmons, the Sixers star who hasn’t played since his unfortunate end in the 2021 playoffs against Atlanta and whose choice to sit out this season sparked that deal, will now join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving with the Nets .

You won’t find a more dramatic successful trade than this, folks.

A quick review, for context’s sake: Less than three weeks ago, we reported that the Sixers had their sights set on Harden this summer and were content to hold Simmons until then. Then you started to hear – and see – that Harden wasn’t happy. There have been denials up and down from the Nets.

They said they wouldn’t commit to a trade for Harden before the deadline. They said it was all outside noise. Yet here we are.

Here’s the scary part for the rest of the NBA: the Sixers and Nets are instantly back in the title business.

Thanks to Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks for getting more than Simmons in this deal, as he scored Seth Curry and two first-round picks. As for the Sixers, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey finally has his dream reunion with his former Houston Rockets star. We’ll see if the reality of Harden’s association with big man Joel Embiid lives up to his vision, but it certainly has the chance to be very special.