The deal nobody was sure was actually going to happen heading into Thursday’s NBA trade deadline mercifully happened. And there’s a lot to unpack.
In arguably the most memorable “problem for problem” deadline deal ever, the Sixers went out and acquired James Harden (and Paul Millsap) from the Nets in exchange for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and a couple of future first-round picks. Amid a flurry of activity before the deadline, this is the deal that stands above all others, since the Simmons era in Philadelphia, and Harden’s brief Brooklyn sojourn, ended in such spectacularly dramatic fashion.
After handing out grades for the trade—along with all the other significant transactions that went down around the Association throughout the week—we need to take a step back and look at all the layers involved in the deal between Atlantic Division rivals.
As we do for all the major trades, it’s time to declare winners and losers after taking some time to digest the swap. Away we go.