All summer long, the LA Clippers have been surrounded by speculation in regards to trading for James Harden. Not only was this his preferred destination, but LA has always lacked a true third-superstar.
However, that is not the case anymore. Adrian Wojnarowski, an NBA Insider, recently reported that the LA Clippers have acquired Harden from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Moreover, this is the news most Clipper fans have been waiting for all offseason. Now, with Harden playing alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, LA should have no problems in cruising their way through the Western Conference.
Who did the LA Clippers trade for James Harden?
In return, the LA Clippers traded away Nicolas Batum, Robert Covington, KJ Martin, and draft compensation. However, along with Harden, LA also received PJ Tucker and Filip Petrusev.
Furthermore, this trade appears to be an excellent bargain for the LA Clippers. Not only were they able to hold onto Terance Mann, but they managed to keep Norman Powell and Bones Hyland. These three players will play a prominent role in the franchise’s pursuit of their first championship.
Though Harden was the main piece of the trade package, Tucker will have a significant role off the bench. Along with his three-point shooting and defense, the former NBA champion will be expected to be a leader behind the scenes.
That said, the LA Clippers will take a major jump as favorites to win the 2024 NBA Finals. If all goes as planned, this will be a great start to the opening of Intuit Dome next season.