Brooklyn and Philadelphia negotiate for James Harden and Ben Simmons

Breaking news bomb. After the movements carried out by Norman Powell, Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis or CJ McCollum, the winter market continues to shake in recent days and, according to sources close to the journalist Brian Windhorst of ESPNthe Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly intensified negotiations for a possible trade between James Harden and Ben Simmons.

We all know very well the situation of Simmons, separated from the team since the summer due to his discomfort with Rivers and Embiid. The Australian has made his position clear and does not care about the fines imposed on him (he already has 19 million). He does not plan to return to the Sixers and hopes for a departure sooner or later.

For its part, the waters go down in turmoil in Brooklyn with the worst results since Steve Nash is head coach. New Yorkers have fallen out of direct playoff positions with just one win in the last nine days and an absolutely disastrous game.

The situation right now is not ideal for the Nets. Kevin Durant is injured and would not return until after the All-Star; his teammate Kyrie Irving can only play away games by refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and in the middle is James Harden who is not very satisfied with the team’s atmosphere and for the moment has no intention of renewing with them .

For all these reasons, both the Sixers and the Nets are condemned to understand each other if they want to find a short-term solution with their stars. The issue gets worse for those from Brooklyn, who could lose James Harden for free in the summer, since to his credit he has a player option that he will surely not execute.

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