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Brooklyn Nets Reportedly Want Ben Simmons And Two Or Three More Players For James Harden

Brooklyn Nets Reportedly Want Ben Simmons And Two Or Three More Players For James Harden

James Harden's continued absence with hamstring tightness has caused speculation amongst NBA fans and media members alike, with many wondering what this means for his future with the organization. Harden has been linked time and again with the Philadelphia 76ers, with the rumors only growing stronger after the player expressed his unhappiness with the situation in Brooklyn. 

For his part, Sixers executive Daryl Morey has been subject to suggestions that he is engaging in tampering with the player. Morey and Harden share a relationship from their days in Houston, which is one of the things that has made the move seem like such a plausible option. Now it seems though, that while Brooklyn might be willing to trade Harden, they would want players other than Ben Simmons in return. 

"Sixers and Nets are talking about a Ben Simmons for James Harden trade and it is trending towards a deal happening."

"Nets are asking for Ben Simmons and two or three other players."

The Nets have reportedly asked for both Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey as a part of any trade involving Harden, which would make it quite the huge haul for the Nets. 

Seth Curry is a name that has already been floated as part of a potential trade but considering how valuable he has been as a scorer to the 76ers, they are unlikely to want to let go of him if they can help it. Tobias Harris was another player that was named in trade talks earlier in the year but it's hard to imagine that the Nets would be willing to take on so much salary as part of the same trade.

Considering the quality that Harden has, it's no surprise that Brooklyn would require major compensation in any trade involving him. The fact that he could leave as a free agent is a concern but with the Sixers needing to move Simmons, a trade might be the best option. Any move involving the two will likely see both sides try to drive a hard bargain and will change the complexion of the Eastern Conference.