5 James Harden-76ers trades to teams nobody is expecting: Minnesota Timberwolves
Last year, the Minnesota Timberwolves pushed their chips on the table, adding Rudy Gobert in a blockbuster trade. And since that experiment largely failed, could they get involved in the James Harden sweepstakes?
76ers receive: Mike Conley, Kyle Anderson, Wendell Moore Jr., 2028 First-Round Pick (Swap), 2029 Second-Round Pick
Timberwolves receive: James Harden
The Timberwolves would create a lineup that includes Harden, Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Gobert in hopes of making a serious playoff run next year.
Harden’s playmaking would take over next to the scoring of Edwards and Towns, with Gobert still acting as Minnesota’s defensive anchor on the other end of the court.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers would add a veteran presence in the backcourt in Mike Conley, who would be an amazing mentor for Tyrese Maxey. Conley’s also capable of playing off the ball, opening up more opportunities for Maxey within the offense.
Kyle Anderson is also a great depth piece for Philadelphia, as the veteran forward enjoyed a career season this past year, doing a little bit of everything on the court.
Lastly, the 76ers would get a young prospect in Wendell Moore Jr., as well as a first-round pick swap. Again, it’s not a great return, but considering the situation, it’s not awful.
The 76ers would again open up cap space next summer in a deal like this, as both Conley and Anderson are entering the final years of their respective contracts.