Grading the 5 worst James Harden trades on the internet: New York Knicks
Of all the teams that could potentially get involved, the New York Knicks have one of the more intriguing packages, but this one is too far away from a fair deal to interest the Philadelphia 76ers.
76ers receive: Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin***, Evan Fournier, 2024 first-round pick, 2024 first-round pick (via DAL)
Knicks receive: James Harden
This trade was created by Zach Ciavolella of Philly Sports Network under the context that the Knicks could be one of the teams to show an interest in Harden.
Obviously, Obi Toppin has since been traded to the Indiana Pacers and would not be able to be put in this deal, but regardless, this deal wouldn’t be close to worth it for the 76ers.
Even if the Knicks replaced Toppin with Quentin Grimes, Jericho Sims, or another young player, Philadelphia still shouldn’t make this deal, and it would be for the same reason they should avoid the Miami Heat trade – they don’t get good enough players back in return.
Immanuel Quickley is a fine young guard, but he and Tyrese Maxey would be an extremely small backcourt. The fit just doesn’t make a ton of sense.
Evan Fournier is on the decline, and again, while first-round picks are useful assets, the 76ers need to focus on being competitive rather than adding future draft capital.