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NBA Trade Rumors: 76ers trying to trade for Nets’ James Harden before trade deadline, might send Ben Simmons to Brooklyn

Written by Doug Rush

NBA Trade Rumors: 76ers trying to trade for Nets’ James Harden before trade deadline, might send Ben Simmons to Brooklyn

The NBA trade deadline is February 10. Teams are starting to make moves before then.

The Philadelphia 76ers are apparently trying to get stronger for a second-half run and want to acquire James Harden from the Brooklyn Nets.

Harden was acquired by the Nets last season to try and help Brooklyn win a championship, but they lost to the eventual NBA Champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, in the second round of the playoffs.

The Nets have lost six straight and are the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs at 29-22. Harden has been averaging 22.8 points and 10.2 assists per game.

With Ben Simmons not playing a single game this season with hopes of being traded out of Philadelphia, this might finally be the way to make it happen. Simmons hasn’t played since the 76ers were eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs and Simmons was kicked out of practice by Doc Rivers for failure to participate in drills in the pre-season.

Some feel that Harden’s days in Brooklyn could be coming to an end, so if a trade does happen, it’ll be curious to see if Brooklyn and Philadelphia can find ground on making a trad before next week.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.