The Ben Simmons saga is finally over in Philadelphia, as the NBA Trade Deadline wound up being the golden opportunity to move the disgruntled forward. The 76ers traded Simmons, along with Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden.
The Nets have been in a tailspin lately and this is a move that shakes up the roster and gives the team a lot more depth with Kevin Durant and Joe Harris out, as well as Kyrie Irving unable to play in the team’s home games (at least for now) due to the vaccine mandate in New York.
Brooklyn holds the No. 9 seed in the Eastern Conference going into tonight’s action, while Philadelphia is the No. 5 seed, sitting 2.5 games behind the Miami Heat for the top spot.
The Nets remain the NBA Championship favorites at DraftKings at + 350, while the 76ers are the fifth choice at + 750.
Harden has averaged 22.5 points, eight rebounds, and 10.2 assists per game across the 44 that he has played this season. Simmons has not played a game this season. Curry has averaged 15 points and four assists per game and Drummond ranks in the top 25 in rebounds per game this season.
The Nets will also get an unprotected 2022 first-round pick and a protected 2027 first-round pick in the deal.
The NBA Trade Deadline is at 3 p.m. ET today.