Why did the Nets go from reportedly refusing to even entertain a James Harden trade to being open to dealing Harden to the 76ers for Ben Simmons before the trade deadline?
Brian Windhorst of ESPN:
I can’t tell you how much James Harden wants this. You’ve got to be very careful using the q-word or saying whatever, but his actions over the last 10 days are basically a threat to the Nets.
He is screaming in every way he possibly can “I don’t want to be here. Get me out of here.”
That’s what has spurred this into being, James Harden’s basic feeling that “I don’t want to be here anymore.”
If he’s telling the Nets he’s committed to them, as he reportedly is, Harden isn’t screaming about leaving in every possible way.
Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Publicly, the Nets say they want to keep Harden for the rest of the season.
Nash said the Nets aren’t trading Harden.