WASHINGTON — Regardless of all the general public statements on the contrary, the Nets and 76ers aren’t simply open to creating a deal. They’ve been speaking commerce, and reportedly making progress on a swap centered round James Harden and Ben Simmons.
There could be different items concerned, which is why any such blockbuster is so fragile and will simply collapse. Haggling over the sweeteners is the holdup.
Brooklyn requested for Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle, whereas Seth Curry and a first-round decide had been talked about by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers reportedly supplied Isaiah Joe and G-League MVP Paul Reed.
Both means, talks have been ongoing via again channels. And ESPN reported the 2 sides have made progress. Whether or not it’s sufficient by Thursday’s 3 p.m. commerce deadline is the million-dollar query; or in Harden’s case, the $60 million gamble.
Harden, who will miss a 3rd straight sport Thursday in opposition to the Wizards, rejected a three-year, $161 million extension earlier than the season with an eye fixed towards free company this summer time. With sources telling The Put up that some contained in the Nets have taken be aware of his grumblings, it’s straightforward to see why they’ve been keen to have talks.
“I can’t let you know how a lot James Harden desires this,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned. “He’s screaming in each means he probably can, ‘I don’t need to be right here, get me out of right here.’ ”