The Philadelphia 76ers are days away from training camp and have a massive James Harden problem on their hands. The ten-time All-Star wants to be traded and has even vowed never to play for Daryl Morey again. Things will get worse if Harden doesn’t report to training camp and could become a massive mess as the regular season approaches.
The 76ers are in no rush to trade Harden. Morey waited out the Ben Simmons drama and got a superstar in return. He will attempt to do the same with Harden. Philly’s focus is Embiid and selling low on an All-Star is not the way to build a contender around the reigning MVP.
The Damian Lillard trade may have created an opportunity for the Sixers. Jrue Holiday was sent to Portland, and the Blazers have little need for the All-Star as they begin a rebuild. The 6’3 guard began his career in Philly, and the team has an interest in a reunion, but is it feasible?
Can the Philadelphia 76ers flip James Harden for Jrue Holiday?
The Sixers only have one first-round pick available to trade, so their only path to landing a star is sending out talent. James Harden, P.J. Tucker, De’Anthony Melton, and Tobias Harris could all be part of the talks. Philadelphia might even dangle Tyrese Maxey if an MVP-caliber player becomes available.
Jrue Holiday was first-team All-Defense and an All-Star last season. He is arguably the league’s best perimeter defender and a fantastic fit next to Joel Embiid and Maxey. The Sixers would love to figure out a workable package.
Philadelphia may not have the top offer for the Blazers, who are rebuilding after trading Dame, but adding a third team could make things interesting. The Clippers have rumored interest in James Harden, and the latest proposal has the three-team linking up for a blockbuster deal.