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Report: Sixers and Nets still far apart on potential Ben Simmons-James Harden trade

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While the Sixers expressed their interest in pursuing Harden before the deadline, the Nets’ quick reply was a firm “No.”

Meanwhile, Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer came in with another strong report this morning:

As Nets head coach Steve Nash emphatically told reporters Sunday, Brooklyn leadership has shown zero inclination to move James Harden prior to Thursday’s trade deadline-for Ben Simmons or any rival package.

Wojnarowski and Shelburne noted in their report that both the Sixers and Nets believe they have “Significant” leverage:

The Nets and Sixers privately believe they have significant leverage when it comes to Harden.

Furthermore, Fischer mentioned in his report that some people in Brooklyn have openly expressed their interest in trading Harden for Simmons:

Some Brooklyn figures have openly mentioned their interest in swapping Harden for Simmons, sources said. Even with Fischer mentioning the interest some members of the Nets organization have in a Harden-Simmons exchange, Fischer went on to reiterate that “The Nets have no plans to discuss Harden trade scenarios ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET buzzer.”

In a nutshell, both teams are very far apart on a potential trade right now and there’s a good chance that both Harden and Simmons stay put past the deadline.

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