The Sixers are also sending Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and two first-round picks to the Sixers.
Ramona Shelburne reported Ben Simmons will continue to work with his therapist to be mentally ready to play in Brooklyn. “It’s a work in progress,” a source close to him told Shelburne, who added that Simmons is “thrilled with the change of scenery” and has “already spoken to Kevin Durant.”
The move arrives just a day after the deal appeared to be dead in the water, when Wojnarowski reported that the discussions between the Nets and Sixers were “nowhere.”
“I try not to be in the prediction business, Greeny, because you follow the news where it leads,” Wojnarowski said Wednesday on Mike Greenberg’s ESPN show. “But right now there’s no negotiation going on between Philadelphia and Brooklyn.”
Meanwhile, NBA insider Brian Windhorst maintained that Harden was pleading with Brooklyn’s front office to have him traded to Philly. “As far as I can tell, we’re in deal zone,” Windhorst said on Greenberg’s show. “I suspect they’re gonna get it done. I’m not gonna tell you for sure they’re gonna get it done. But it’s trending in that direction.”
Windhorst added that the 10-time All-Star “is screaming in every way he possibly can, ‘I don’t want to be here; get me out of here.’”
Just last week, Wojnarowski reported that Harden had repeatedly reiterated his commitment to Brooklyn, telling the Nets ownership and management that he wants to win a championship with the organization. Even more, he believes that, when healthy, their Big 3 of himself, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving is “unstoppable.”
“James Harden has repeatedly told management, ownership, those in the organization that he is committed to being a Net,” Woj said on NBA Countdown last week. “He wants to win a championship there, and more than that, the ‘Big Three’ in Brooklyn — Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving — say publicly what they also say privately: which is when they’re together, they believe they’re unstoppable.”
Instead, the Harden-Durant-Kyrie experiment in Brooklyn ends with just one playoff appearance, which ended in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals with a loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks. On the flip side, the Sam Hinkie “Trust the Process” era in Philly is officially over, amounting to four straight playoff trips that all fell short of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Joel Embiid posted a meme of Big Fendi outside of his “biggest haters” funeral after the news of the trade went live.
One Philly fan, Dillon Schmanek, who has a Simmons tattoo on his right arm, expressed his relief at the trade.
“I thought it was a good trade,” Schmanek said, per the Philadelpha Inquirer, adding “and we’re gonna win the championship now.”
Schmanek said he’s going to keep the tattoo.
”It doesn’t even matter at this point,” he added. “It’s fine.”
He of course wasn’t the only one who reacted online, as the biggest NBA deal in years sent NBA Twitter into a frenzy. Check out some of the more notable reactions below.