Houston’s outlook: This trade is unquestionably the biggest blockbuster deal out there for Harden. Not only would the Rockets get back two first-round draft picks—which figure to be late in the Round 1—but they also get a franchise cornerstone in Ben Simmons. The drop in talent is certainly there, but if the Rockets were able to pull this off, the time between playoff appearances in Houston would be very short, if it even exists at all. Josh Richardson is a good complementary piece, and both Zhaire Smith and Matisse Thybulle have a solid amount of potential.
Philadelphia’s outlook: The 76ers would suddenly not only have the floor space that Joel Embiid needs to thrive, but they would also have one of the greatest perimeter scorers of all time. The defense is sure to take a hit, but adding Robert Covington back in the deal will help ease things on that end. Harden hasn’t played much pick-and-roll as of late, but getting back to that type of two-man game with Embiid could make him truly unstoppable.