Should the 76ers pull the trigger on this deal and settle the dust with James Harden?
The short answer is yes.
This trade proposal capitalizes on the fact that both the Clippers and Mavericks have basically fully mortgaged their future to win now. Hence, both clubs would inarguably jump at the chance to acquire a bona fide star (LA) or shed significant salary to prep them better for trades or subsequent moves (Dallas).
That Philadelphia can get this robust of a return for a flight risk like Harden should make them enthused. If this deal or anything similar comes up on the table, Daryl Morey and company should be slated for an impressive fleece job, as this deal can help them ameliorate their present through plug-and-play studs, as well as their future with Mann and the handsome draft capital.
The longer the current pause between Harden and the 76ers drags on, the less inspiring offers the latter stand to receive. Going by this timeline, a deal of this grain should be viewed by the franchise as an opportunity, and not a concession.