While the fallout from Simmons’ underwhelming performance against the Atlanta Hawks in the playoffs last season may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back when it comes to the relationship between Simmons and the Sixers, the fact that Philadelphia’s front office entertained the idea of trading the All-Star forward for Harden last January caused the initial fissures in the foundation – even though Simmons said all the right things publicly at the time. In Brooklyn, Simmons will have a chance to rejuvenate his career, while the Sixers can move forward with their new star duo of Joel Embiid and Harden. He’ll be able to focus on defense and playmaking and let those guys handle the bulk of the scoring load. In Philadelphia, Harden projects to be a much better fit alongside Embiid than Simmons ever was, and his ability to generate offense from the perimeter is something that the Sixers have desperately needed. Harden will generate much more space for Embiid than Simmons ever did, and he will also be a better pick-and-roll partner.