Report: 76ers reach blockbuster deal to trade James Harden to Clippers

NBC Universal, Inc. Steph Curry scored 40 or more points in a 42-point effort in his 64th regular season game as the Warriors beat the Pelicans 130-102.

James Harden is finally coming true.
The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to trade Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported Monday night, citing sources.

Wojnarowski reported, citing sources, that the Clippers were sending veterans Marcus Morris, Nic Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, several future draft picks and a trade of picks to the 76ers for Harden, forward PJ Tucker and center Filip Petrusev.

Harden has been pushing for a trade with the Clippers for months, but the two teams have failed to agree on appropriate compensation for the former NBA MVP.

Harden exercised his $35.64 million player option this offseason assuming 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey would trade him. However, no deal came to fruition, upsetting the 10-time NBA All-Star.

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During a shoe tour in China, Harden blasted Morey, calling him a “liar” and saying he would never play for the executive team again.

Harden did not participate in any preseason games as he was awaiting a trade and has yet to play this season, although he was on the 76ers’ bench for their game on Sunday.

Once the trade becomes official, Harden will join his former All-Stars Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
The Warriors and Kings will have plenty of chances to meet Harden early in the 2023-24 season.

Golden State and Los Angeles will face each other three times in two weeks: November 30 at Chase Center, December 2 at Arena and December 2. 14 back in Los Angeles.

The Kings and Clippers each play twice in the same period, the first game on November 29 in Sacramento and the second on December 12 in Los Angeles.

Harden is no longer the player he was during his tenure with the Houston Rockets, but the Clippers appear to be signing another proven scorer and playmaker.

Last season with the 76ers, Harden averaged 21.0 points and 10.7 assists in 58 games while playing alongside NBA MVP Joel Embiid.

The Clippers will be Harden’s fifth NBA team after playing with the 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Harden, 34, was born in Los Angeles, so this will be a homecoming for him.

Cardinals HC makes surprise announcement as QB for Browns game.

The Arizona Cardinals entered the 2023 NFL season having made many changes during the offseason, releasing big players like DeAndre Hopkins or retiring like J.J. Watt.

Additionally, quarterback Kyler Murray was still recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

That recovery led to Murray being placed on injured reserve, meaning he would miss at least the first four games of the season, but it turned out to be much more as he has yet to play heading into Week 9.

However, it appears that Murray is getting closer to making his 2023 debut, with the latest team status report ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns stating that Josh Dobbs will not be the starter and that rookie Clayton will be the starter. either Tune or Murray, according to Dianna Russini of The Athletic.

This is an interesting development as it appears the team is done with the Dobbs experiment and is ready to get back to normal with Murray or see what they have with Tune.

Clearly, at this point, with one win so far, the Cardinals are motivated to win in the future, as it would be beneficial for them to take their foot off the gas for the rest of the season to improve their position at draft, especially with some of the talented quarterbacks expected to come out of college.

While the team still appears to be all-in on Murray, that position could change if they get their hands on USC’s Caleb Williams or Oregon’s Bo Nix or one of the other top prospects at the position.

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