Grade the Trade: 76ers get unexpected proposed package for James Harden

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The 76ers get a surprising return package for James Harden in this proposed trade

In this proposed trade from Bleacher Report, the Philadelphia 76ers send James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets for guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Cam Thomas, veteran forward Dorian Finney-Smith, and a first-round draft pick in 2025 via the Phoenix Suns.

The Brooklyn Nets, despite having moved on from their previous star triumvirate of Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving, remain laser-focused on mounting a competitive team and chasing a playoff spot. Getting back a player like Harden who already forced his way out of the team before is sheer irony, but it could be an avenue worth exploring if they want to make the postseason next year and free up cap space in the summer.

Meanwhile, the framework of this deal can help give the 76ers additional cushion, both now and in the near future, to remain viable contenders, at least in the East. Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith fit current team needs, while Thomas, in addition to a first-rounder, is nice future-proofing, even if not in a grand manner.

That being said, what are the pros and cons of this deal?