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Rockets: 3 Trades that send James Harden to the Sixers for Ben Simmons

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 02: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on March 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 02: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on March 2, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers & James Harden of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets have engaged in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers that would swap James Harden for Ben Simmons. Here are three possible trades.

Reports have surfaced that the Houston Rockets have expanded their list of suitors for James Harden to include teams that are outside his two preferred landing spots, the Philadelphia 76rs and the Brooklyn Nets. This has prompted the Sixers to become receptive to a deal that includes Ben Simmons in a trade for the former MVP.

The Rockets’ expansion of their potential trade partners has no doubt spurred action from the Sixers. The chance to acquire a recent MVP recipient comes along once in a blue moon and the Sixers don’t want to be left out of the running.

While the Sixers have stepped up their pursuit of Harden by making Simmons available, the two teams haven’t been able to finalize a deal for a few reasons. The first is relatively simple, the Rockets want the best offer and are waiting to see if any other interested parties will come in at the eleventh hour with a massive offer.

The second is that the Sixers are eyeing a championship and won’t want to depart with all of their NBA depth to secure Harden. The third and final reason is simply speculative but the Rockets after seeing their general manager of thirteen years, Daryl Morey, step down this offseason to spend more time with his family only to turn around and sign on to helm the Sixers might be uninterested in conducting business with someone who so blatantly turned their back on them.

However, bad blood aside, the Sixers can offer the Rockets one of the best prospects in the entire league in Ben Simmons. If the Sixers are serious about using Simmons as the centerpiece in a trade these are three trades the Sixers could make to land James Harden.

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