The Los Angeles Clippers made a massive splash in the early morning hours on Tuesday, as they acquired former league MVP James Harden from the Philadelphia 76ers in a massive package that included four players and draft picks.
The move ends the saga between Harden and Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey, and it gives the Clippers yet another star to pair alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to chase an NBA title this season.
Harden also reunites with Russell Westbrook, who he was teammates with on the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.
James Harden trade full details
- James Harden
- PJ Tucker
- Filip Petrusev
- Nicolas Batum
- Marcus Morris
- Robert Covington
- KJ Martin
- 2026 LAC first-round pick via OKC
- 2028 LAC first-round pick
- Two second round picks
- One pick swap
The Sixers also waived veteran guard Danny Green as part of the deal.
With the trade, the futures market in the NBA has been shaken up. The Clippers have jumped ahead of the Sixers and Los Angeles Lakers in the odds to win the Finals, pulling into a tie with the Golden State Warriors at +1200.
This is a massive jump, as the Clippers entered the regular season at +2700 to win the title.
Clippers’ odds to win the NBA championship
The best number to get the Clippers’ odds right now exists at FanDuel Sportsbook, where the team is +1300 to win the title. That still puts Los Angeles among the top contenders in the NBA.
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The addition of Harden gives Los Angeles some insurance on Leonard and George, who have been injured a lot in their time with the franchise.
Not only that, but the Clippers may have gotten away with a steal in this deal. The team already had a log jam on the wing, and it cleared that by moving players like Batum, Morris, Covington and Martin.
That should allow more time for Terance Mann, Norman Powell and the newly-acquired Tucker to fill the spots in the rotation. Originally, it had been reported that Philly wouldn’t move Harden unless it got Mann in return.
The Sixers’ hand seemed to be forced with Harden missing the start of the season, so the team had to settle a bit to get something to surround Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey with this season.
Now, the Clippers are in a prime spot to be one of the best teams in the West if they can stay healthy. The Clips are tied with Golden State and the Lakers at +700 to win the Western Conference.
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