Milwaukee Bucks news: The regular season is now just a week away and at this point, James Harden is still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. His trade saga has been going on all summer long and it now feels like all the drama is now set to spill over to the start of the new season.
James Harden Still Working His Way Out of Philly
Harden is doing all he can to facilitate his exit, though. He’s already declared multiple times that he wants out and on Wednesday, he decided to further his point by skipping practice. It would not be a surprise if the Sixers fine the former NBA MVP for this act.
Even Joel Embiid appears to be tired of all this. Speaking to the press after Wednesday’s practice, the Philly superstar just opted to make a joke about this entire saga, saying that Harden probably had something else to do. Embiid probably just wants this all to end at the soonest possible time so that the Sixers can focus on their basketball and their plans for the upcoming season.
Ex-Milwaukee Bucks Guard Malcolm Brogdon Included in Blockbuster Trade
Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report recently conjured up a wild six-team trade that will finally see Harden land with his preferred destination, the Los Angeles Clippers. Sixers president Daryl Morey has been holding out on trading his star guard with the hope of gaining a massive haul, so perhaps this is the deal that finally pushes him to green-light Harden’s imminent exit.
Below are the details of the proposed blockbuster deal which involves the Sixers, the Clippers, the Miami Heat, the New York Knicks, the Orlando Magic, and the Portland Trail Blazers:
- Terance Mann (via Clippers)
- Robert Covington (via Clippers)
- Kyle Lowry (via Heat)
- Protected 2028 first-round pick (unprotected in 20230, via Clippers)
- James Harden (via Sixers)
- P.J. Tucker (via Sixers)
- Malcolm Brogdon (via Trail Blazers)
- Jonathan Isaac (via Magic)
- Marcus Morris Sr. (via Clippers)
- Evan Fournier (via Knicks)
- Amir Coffey (via Clippers)
- Protected Wizards’ 2024 first-round pick (via Knicks)
Trail Blazers get:
- Duncan Robinson (via Heat)
- Danuel House Jr. (via Sixers)
- Protected 2027 first-round pick (unprotected in 2028, via Heat)
The big one here is obviously Harden (and PJ Tucker) joining the Clippers, while the Sixers get Terance Mann, Robert Covington, Kyle Lowry (via the Heat), and a future first-round pick.
However, if there was one element of this deal that could potentially have the most significant impact, it would have to be the Heat acquiring former Bucks Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon. Miami gives up a lot in Lowry, Duncan Robinson, and a future first-rounder. However, the addition of Brogdon is massive.
Brogdon, who is currently with the Blazers after the Celtics traded him as part of the Jrue Holiday trade, could be Miami’s long-term solution at point guard. He’s coming off a great year with Boston, averaging 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists, while also knocking down 2.0 triples per game.
He did all that coming off the bench for Boston while also playing alongside the likes of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. He could potentially be an excellent fit alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in South Beach.
Getting Jonathan Isaac is pretty substantial too, and so long as he’s able to get healthy, the Heat could emerge as the big winners of this bonkers deal.
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