Grade the Trade: 76ers swap All-Stars in stunning blockbuster proposal

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Aside from a couple of star players still seeking a trade out of their respective teams, most rosters are already set for the final cuts after the training camp. The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the only handful of clubs still awaiting for a possibly big change to their preseason lineup, with the fate of James Harden still undeterminable as of writing.

Current holdouts aside, the 76ers cannot afford to sit idly and just wait for Harden to kick the tires on getting some traction on a potential trade. While Philly has signaled a degree of openness to welcoming him back for his last season with the franchise, the wiser move is to of course try and deal him to a team similarly in championship contention and in need of more firepower, especially in the backcourt.

The Philadelphia 76ers have a daunting, yet doable task of trying to trade James Harden

The market for Harden was already pretty dry, with the LA Clippers the only franchise known to have shown interest for him. However, talks between the 76ers and the Clippers were reported to have ended recently, though the former MVP’s camp remains hopeful that he can still be traded to LA before the season begins.

Unless the Clippers yield to the 76ers’ lofty asking price for Harden, a trade may not materialize even well into the season. However, Philadelphia could be moved by an offer centered on another big name, and this trade proposal could be a pipe dream scenario for the team.