Could another be on the horizon? Reports indicate that Houston Rockets guard James Harden is “Open to” a trade that would send him to the Sixers. Of the two, it’s been speculated that Simmons would be the more desired option in any Harden trade. The question is, do you give up multiple future first for a player who has just two years remaining on his deal and is entering his age 31 season? Harden has a player option in his contract for the 2022-23 season that he seems likely to decline in order to get one more crack at free agency.
While the Sixers have yet to make it past the second round with Simmons and Embiid, Harden has only been past the second round of the playoffs three times in his career.