NBA Fans React to James Harden’s Reported Trade to LA Clippers

The news broke overnight, with sources saying Harden was headed to the Clippers as part of a larger deal.

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NBA fans learned overnight that James Harden was being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.


— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 31, 2023

Citing sources, Woj reported that the Clippers had acquired Harden in a trade with the 76ers under which the Philly team would be sending Harden to Los Angeles alongside P.J. Tucker and Filip Petrusev. The 76ers reportedly stand to gain Robert Covington, Marcus Morris, KJ Martin, Nicolas Batum, and more.

With the move, Harden—whose longest tenure was with the Houston Rockets from 2012-2021—will be playing on the Clippers alongside Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and Paul George.

As of September, Harden was telling reporters to "chill" when it came to reports about his relationship with the 76ers. Just one month prior, he called 76ers president Daryl Morey a "liar" while speaking at an event in China.

"Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of,” Harden said at the time, as seen here. “Let me say that again. Daryl Morey is a liar and I will never be a part of an organization that he’s a part of."

Naturally, fans had a lot to say following news of Harden's move to the Clippers. See a sampling of reactions below.

The Clippers have some depth chart questions to answer now, but the bottom line is that they acquired James Harden without giving up Terance Mann.

The 76ers tried making it seem that wasn’t an option, but the Clippers saw it through.

— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) October 31, 2023

The Lakers responded to a Harden trade once before.

Will they do it again two years later

— 𝘾𝙤𝙖𝙘𝙝 𝙎𝙝𝙪𝙗𝙝 ⁶𓅓 (@OVOLakeShow) October 31, 2023

James harden is one the best playmakers in the league even at this stage of his career.

That’s exactly what the clippers needed someone who can get PG and kawhi ez shots..

This is going to work so smoothly for the clippers with all due respect

— Mark Jackson’s Burner (@casualtakeking) October 31, 2023

Harden pulling up to the Clippers facility

— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 31, 2023

I'm not entirely sure how James Harden fits in a lineup with Kawhi/PG/Russ, but the Clippers have been so injured every year that they had to pull the trigger. Needed the extra superstar depth because history kept repeating itself.

— Farbod Esnaashari (@Farbod_E) October 31, 2023

“James Harden has been traded to the Clippers”

Warriors fans: 😴

— De🅿️ressed Warriors Fan 💔 (@GoIdenState) October 31, 2023

Clippers finally winning their first ring, all the no ring jokes are going to end by the end of the season. Get your jokes in now. We got James. Harden.

— ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴡ (@FeelLikeDrew) October 31, 2023

The clippers got James harden for a new iPhone and 2 gallons of gas

— O’Shea Jackson Jr (@OsheaJacksonJr) October 31, 2023

Woj after tweeting the James Harden trade without details

— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) October 31, 2023

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