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James Harden opts-in: Possible trade destinations? Clippers? New York Knicks?

According to sources, it is anticipated that Harden has concluded his final game for Philadelphia.

According to sources, it is anticipated that Harden has concluded his final game for Philadelphia
Thearon W. HendersonAFP

The Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden has decided to exercise his $35.6 million option. As reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday, the team is now collaborating with him to explore potential trade options..

Harden, currently 33 years old, is set to celebrate his 34th birthday in August. He achieved a significant milestone in the previous season by earning his 10th All-Star team selection. Throughout the season, he showcased impressive performance statistics, averaging 21 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 10.7 assists per game. He led the NBA in assists, with a significant number of those assists going to Joel Embiid.

What are the possible trading options for the Sixers for James Harden?

The LA Clippers and New York Knicks are likely to be involved in trade discussions with the Philadelphia 76ers regarding a potential trade for James Harden.

The 76ers, who were expected to win the championship, were eliminated from the postseason in the second round for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Doc Rivers was fired by the Sixers after the season and was replaced by Nick Nurse, the former coach of the Toronto Raptors.

James Harden joined the Philadelphia 76ers 18 months ago through a significant trade with the Brooklyn Nets. The 76ers gave up players Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, and draft assets in this trade. This move allowed Harden to reunite with Daryl Morey, the president of basketball operations for the 76ers, who had previously brought him to the Houston Rockets ten years ago.