What the James Harden trade means to Clippers, 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers, led by president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, were compelled to trade James Harden due to a lack of alternative options.

With only one significant suitor for Harden, the Sixers managed a reasonable deal in the overnight trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.

In the trade, the Clippers acquired Harden, P.J. Tucker, and Filip Petrusev from the Sixers, sending Marcus Morris, Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington, Kenyon Martin Jr.,

2028 unprotected first-round draft pick, and two second-round picks to the Sixers. Additionally, they secured the right to swap first-round picks in 2029.

Oklahoma City was also part of the deal, receiving a 2027 first-round pick from the Clippers, while the Sixers obtained a 2026 first-round pick from the Thunder.

The decision to trade Harden was necessitated when the Sixers and Harden couldn't reach a long-term agreement, and Harden publicly criticized Morey.

His presence had become a growing distraction for a team striving to win a championship, even with 2022-23 MVP Joel Embiid performing at an MVP level.