1. Most likely
This deal ensures the 76ers get multiple pieces in return for Harden, but lands the ten-time All-Star in his preferred destination. Consider this a win-win deal or just both sides giving the other what they want.
Philadelphia would have three first-round draft picks plus seven seconds to go out and land a second star. That won’t be easy, but the Sixers could enter the season hoping Tyrese Maxey takes a step forward before deciding to go all-in on the first available star.
The Clippers get Harden for three role players and three draft picks. Only one first-rounder changes hands, but it gives LA a path to title contention in 2024. Their “Big 3” must stay healthy, which is a massive if with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George factored in. This is likely as good as it gets for both sides making it the likeliest package.
Can Daryl Morey mend the relationship with James Harden? Expect the 76ers’ lead decision-maker to try his best as it is the quickest path to contention for Philly. If things cannot be fixed, the Sixers have no choice, but to try to move on.
Will the LA Clippers make a massive splash before the start of training camp? Does James Harden get his wish and end up in Los Angeles? Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.