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Trade Talks For James Harden Heating Up

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Brooklyn and Philadelphia are top contenders for the disgruntled Rockets star.

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Trade talks have heated up for Houston Rockets’ superstar James Harden following comments during a press conference made after a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night. The current front runners to land Harden are the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets. Marc Stein, sports writer for the New York Times, reports that the Rockets are pursuing a package from the 76ers centered around Ben Simmons.

Stein added that the Rockets are determined to trade Harden after the remarks he made stating that he does not seem to think that the situation in Houston can be fixed.

According to Stein, the 76ers are looking to keep Tyrese Maxey out of a possible Harden trade.

The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly offered a package containing Caris LeVert, four first round picks, and three additional pick swaps for Harden according to Shams Charania and Sam Amick of the Athletic.

Sam Amick released a quote by Demarcus Cousins, a teammate of Harden on the Rockets, commenting on Harden’s statement from last night.

Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon of ESPN reported that Harden was not at practice today, and it is the Rockets’ intent to keep him away from the team until a trade partner is found.

The Trail Blazers were reported to be on Harden’s list of preferred destinations, but have yet to publicly offer a trade for the disgruntled star.