Who won James Harden trade?
according to reports Monday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers are finally shipping Harden, P.J. Tucker and Filip Petrušev out for Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington, Kenyon Martin Jr., Marcus Morris, a 2028 unprotected first-round pick, two second-round picks and a pick swap.
It's a seismic, long-awaited move that shakes up two current contenders and has ripple effects throughout the league.
They held onto Terance Mann, which clearly was a big priority for them.
Now, with Harden, the Clippers have added a guy who averaged 21 points, 6.1 rebounds and a league-best 10.7 assists with the 76ers last season to a Clippers team that reached the 2021 conference finals.
Bucher: C+. I get why they did it — even with Kawhi and George available and playing well, it was clear they weren't good enough to do anything more than slink into the playoffs
Bucher: C+. My guess is Sixers president Daryl Morey would've liked to wait, but ownership wasn't going to let him compromise another season with reigning MVP Joel Embiid making noises about leaving.
Weitzman: I'm going to say a B+, but it's really an incomplete. There were no other deals on the table here, so the options were limited; it's not like the Sixers were fielding countless offers for Harden.
Rohlin: B+. This is a win for the 76ers. Simply put, they got rid of Harden, who cast a giant shadow on the team ever since he demanded a trade, bad-mouthed Daryl Morey and then was sometimes a no-show.
Bucher: Harden, without question. He not only gets to his stated choice of teams, but he does so without weeks of being in limbo, which appeared to be a possibility.