James Harden To Be Traded To The 76ers? Sportsbooks Disagree

  • James Harden has +650 odds of being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • The 76ers named Doc Rivers as their head coach in October after parting ways with Brett Brown.
  • The 76ers hired former Houston Rocket GM Daryl Morey to the same position this offseason.

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers were one a disappointment in the 2019-2020 NBA season as star player Ben Simmons missed a majority of games and the team was eliminated in the first round against the Boston Celtics.

The 76ers are a team that needed to head in a new direction as they replaced head coach Brett Brown with former Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

Rivers will be tasked with further developing the 76ers core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Tobias Harris to get over the hump in the Eastern Conference. However, as the new coach in charge, Rivers might want to make some changes to improve the 76ers roster.

One of the speculative moves is that the 76ers are preparing to pursue is Houston Rockets guard James Harden. Adding Harden to the mix in Philly would immediately make the 76ers a contender for the Eastern Conference championship.

Prying Harden from Houston won’t be easy as acquiring the former MVP’s service will come at a high price but the 76ers do have the contracts and pieces to at least make an attractive offer to the Rockets who are entering the season with a new head coach and general manager.

The 76ers also have Houston Rockets former GM Daryl Morey with the team and he’s built a reputation for pulling off unthinkable trades.

Bovada has listed a prop that gives NBA bettors the opportunity to place a bet on whether or not the Rockets will trade Harden.

Will James Harden Be Traded To The 76ers?

  • Yes +650
  • No -1400

Winner: No (-1400). The 76ers will pile up their assets to make a run at Harden but the new Rockets regime in GM Rafael Stone and head coach Stephen Silas are likely keen on keeping Harden to build around him.

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Nonetheless, in the NBA nothing is for certain but the best bet for this prop seems to be “No” with -1400 odds as Harden is a generational talent that is in the prime of his career.

It just wouldn’t be in the best interest of the Rockets franchise to part ways with Harden no matter what offers they receive. More being the 76ers current GM makes the +650 odds an interesting play but at the end of the day NBA bettors should fade those odds.

Although trading Harden to the 76ers is a bit of a long shot there are unique ways Philly can make a trade work which does give them an advantage over other teams.

A potential trade between the Rockets and 76ers could form with the 76ers sending Ben Simmons or Tobias Harris along with Josh Richardson, Matisse Thybulle, and any two of the future first-round picks Philadelphia has stockpiled.

The Rockets would also send a player along with Harden and that should be around enough to absorb Harden’s contract while still leaving the 76ers with cap space. It’s a steep price to pay but well worth it for one of the best scorers in the NBA today.

The NBA regular season is about a little over a month away and it seems highly likely that James Harden will be in a Houston Rockets uniform to start the season.