Brooklyn Nets Trade James Harden to Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons and NBA Fans Are Losing It

After months of Ben Simmons trade rumors, the Philadelphia 76ers finally pulled the trigger, trading the disgruntled star to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden.

James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets
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James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets

After months of trade rumors involving Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers have officially parted ways with the disgruntled point guard, trading him to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for James Harden, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Brooklyn Nets are trading James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2022

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.”

Woj says James Harden has expressed his commitment to Brooklyn’s front office/ownership. pic.twitter.com/nJUQGsiQ1l

— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) January 27, 2022

“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.

pic.twitter.com/OzKxG4HRlO

— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 10, 2022

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. 

Ben Simmons with KD and Kyrie is very SCARY wow

— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) February 10, 2022

The Nets had KD, Harden and Kyrie and couldn't even make it work for a full season 😂🤣😂🤣

— Michael F. Florio (@MichaelFFlorio) February 10, 2022

Would be so amazing if Simmons has just been putting up 2000 threes a day and comes back shooting like Steph.

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 10, 2022

Best reality TV show in the world https://t.co/vRNX2vs915

— Jake Woolf (@jakewoolf) February 10, 2022

win for both teams: win for all players: : win for twitter: win for tv networks: a rare positive day in this hellscape.

— TA (@talter) February 10, 2022

Now that Ben Simmons is on the Nets, I think he has a real shot at getting Rookie of the Year this season.

— C.J. Toledano 💩 (@CJToledano) February 10, 2022

the Eastern Conference is now just a big project to find out if Ben Simmons and James Harden can just vibe

— Jason Linkins (@dceiver) February 10, 2022

“Philadelphia’s fans and players are not supportive enough. I’d like some more love and consistency so I’m going to Brooklyn to play with Kyrie Irving.”

— myles brown (@mdotbrown) February 10, 2022

Daryl Morey takes his NBA deals seriously like his ping pong game. pic.twitter.com/8HprZ0Sa4i

— 𝚁𝚎𝚢-𝚁𝚎𝚢 🤞🏾✌🏾🇵🇭🏀🎮🎤 (@TheNoLookPass) February 10, 2022

Pressure is on Simmons and Harden now. You forced hands and ignored commitments, burned bridges, go to the new team and bring it

— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) February 10, 2022

Morey at the Sixers facilty after trading Ben Simmons for Harden pic.twitter.com/orj4w7ffpD

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 10, 2022

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